Comcast to build out $20M Ethernet expansion into downtown Pittsburgh

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Comcast’s business services division confirmed a $20 million expansion of its fiber-based network into downtown Pittsburgh, an effort the cable company said will bring 100 Gbps Ethernet services to 425 additional businesses. 

The initiative will involve the laying of more than 64 miles of fiber-optic cable across Pennsylvania’s “Golden Triangle” regions, Comcast said. Work began on the project about a year ago. Completion is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2018.

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“This is one of the most significant infrastructure investments Comcast Business has made across the country, and we're proud to bring our best-in-class network deeper into downtown Pittsburgh to help the city and region continue its economic growth,” said Paul Merritt, regional VP for Comcast Business, in a statement. “As demand for our high-performance Ethernet offerings continues to soar, Comcast Business recognizes the need to respond quickly and provide scalable solutions that can meet demand as businesses grow.”

Comcast Business’ Keystone Region team last year completed the cable operator's first 100 Gbps Ethernet Network in the Eastern U.S., connecting Penn State University’s data center with the school’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center facility. 

Speaking to investors Monday, Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit said his company’s business services division could grow from a $5.5 billion operation today to one as big as $25 billion if all opportunities within the cable operator’s footprint were realized.