Cable providers Cox and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) are starting to offer online storage services this month with plans to expand them next year. Both are powered by Mozy, the online backup service offered by Decho, a unit of EMC (NYSE: EMC).
Cox Business is launching free online backup this month in two markets — Roanoke and Hampton Roads, Va. — with plans to expand it to all markets next year. Cox, which also launched wireless service in Roanoke and two other markets this week, is offering its small and medium business Internet customers between 2 gigabytes and 10 GB of storage for free, with the storage capacity determined by the customer’s Internet speed. Users can also buy up to 100 GB of storage at prices ranging from $10 to $70 per month, Cox said.
-Up to 2 GB free
-50 GB of storage for $4.99 a month or $50 a year
-200 GB for $10 a month or $100 for a year.
Earlier this year, Qwest Communications began offering 2 GB of free storage, up to 50 GB of storage for $6.99 per month and unlimited storage for $9.99 per month, with 15% discounts for annual contracts. Verizon Business had begun offering its own service more than a year before that, charging $1.99 per month for up to 1 GB, $4.99 for 5 GB for and $30.99 for 50 GB.