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Comcast Business Steps Up Ethernet Connectivity

May 05, 2017

Perhaps the sound of change in the telecommunications market, particularly the multi-gigabit Ethernet market, is ringing a little loudly in Comcast Business' ears these days. Perhaps this is the case, as Comcast recently committed $3.5 million to an expansion project bringing better Ethernet service through a portion of Denver.

With the new project, Comcast Business will be able to deliver its high-performance Ethernet network to the I-70 area along with portions of Havana Street, giving over 750 area businesses access to the network in question. The new service is said to boast capacity of up to 10 Gbps, which will allow for enterprise-grade operations and the ability to get larger firms online more rapidly.

New users will get access to a string of services thanks to this improved connectivity, including point-to-point connectivity in the Ethernet Private Line system, along with Ethernet Virtual Private Line to offer point-to-multipoint connectivity. Ethernet Network Service offers multipoint-to-multipoint connectivity to provide extra effectiveness for those businesses that need a lot of bandwidth and have to tackle multiple locations like branch offices or warehouses, and Ethernet Dedicated Internet allows for better connectivity between the public Internet and a customer's local area network (LAN).

Comcast Business' vice president for the Mountain West Region, Shawn Adamson, commented, “Network connectivity is vital for businesses in any vertical, and in the manufacturing industry, it’s a central requirement to ensure facilities can maintain daily production workflows. Companies along the I-70 and Havana corridor can now take advantage of our reliable, high-performance Ethernet services to remain connected to multiple plants, enhance performance for specialized machinery, better manage their supply chain and so much more.”

The area in question is home to several large industrial operations as well as warehousing, so there's a lot of potential value to be realized in connecting such areas thanks to, among other things, the growth of Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Throw in fleet management, collaboration tools between offices and outside into other businesses and a variety of other applications and it's obvious why greater connections would be needed. With reports suggesting Comcast et al's first real competition may be shaping up thanks to the imminent arrival of 5G as well as reports of SpaceX's potential plans for a wide-ranging and high-yield satellite network, Comcast may be hearing the wolf at the door, thanks to years of less-than-optimal customer service.

Regardless of the motive, Comcast is clearly ramping up its service to keep current users in the fold and potentially bring in new ones as well. That's a sound move all told, and one that will hopefully keep Comcast in the fray.

Edited by Alicia Young

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