), the largest cable TV operator in the U.S., is quickly shifting
its focus from the small-sized business segment to the mid-sized
business segment. Recently, the company entered into a deal with
hospitality real estate developer and management firm, Raymond
Management Co., to provide triple-play bundled voice, video and
data services to 7 hotels in the greater Chicago area and Ann
The SMB segment has become a huge growth opportunity for the
cable TV industry. Large cable TV operators such as Comcast and
Time Warner Cable Inc.
) are immensely exploring this segment as a counter strategy to
protect their loss in the legacy video offering market as telecom
Verizon Communications Inc.
) are aggressively offering fiber-based video
Significant growth of business data and video traffic resulted
in an unexpected future growth catalyst. Furthermore, managing
wireless backhaul traffic for the mobile towers also opened up a
multi-billion dollar market. Cable operators are now gradually
offering innovative wireless broadband services to their business
customers in order to maintain this momentum.
Various industry researches estimate that the SMB segment is
expected to offer a $20 billion to $30 billion market
opportunity. Comcast's Business Hospitality division provides an
integrated package of voice trunking, Ethernet-based Internet and
HDTV services. For small-sized enterprises, the company is
providing metro Ethernet services in most of its
Comcast generated over $2.4 billion of revenues from the small
and mid-sized business segments in 2012. However, in the first
quarter of 2013, the company generated a record-high $741 million
of revenues from this SMB segment. Comcast is expected to
generate $3 billion of revenues from this segment in 2013.
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