Comcast Business said Friday it has launched a nearly $5 million project to expand its fiber-based network in Baltimore to reach more than 2,000 additional businesses and make the network more accessible to hundreds more.
The fiber optic Ethernet network currently serves hundreds of businesses, including many of the city’s biggest companies.
The expansion will allow Comcast to offer more advances services and quick access to small- to medium-sized organizations as well as large businesses. It will have a network capacity of up to 100 gigabits-per-second.
“As demand for our high-performance Ethernet offerings continues to soar, we're proud to bring our advanced network deeper into Baltimore to help the economic growth of the city and region,” said Mary McLaughlin, regional senior vice president for Comcast, in an announcement.
Ethernet systems form local area networks to connect numerous computer systems. The expanded network is designed to meet the high-speed, high-capacity needs of business, technology, healthcare and education customers in the city, McLaughlin said.
The Baltimore extensions, both aerial and underground, will include build-outs from Harborplace downtown to Green Mount Cemetery in East Baltimore. It will cover Enoch Pratt Library, the University of Maryland Medical Center and Seton Hill area, the Seagirt Marine Terminal harborfront area and Canton. It also will connect hundreds of businesses northwest of downtown, including the Baltimore Zoo and Sinai Hospital. Construction started in May and will be complete by the end of the year.
“Having a high-speed infrastructure in place is critical to the success of our technology and financial companies, health care organizations, schools, local businesses and our citizens,” Mayor Catherine Pugh said in an announcement.
Comcast Business says it serves 20 of the nation’s top 25 markets as one of the fastest-growing Ethernet providers in the nation, serving businesses that require large amounts of bandwidth, need to link multiple sites or branches or need to connect offices to a third-party data center.