Comcast Business picked up another sporting venue contract for its metro Ethernet business. The Oakland Athetics have selected the cable MSO's Business Ethernet services to bring high speed internet to the O.co Coliseum for the first time.
Yes for the first time, unless you consider the 9Mbps connection they'd been using to be a high speed connection, which it wouldn't even be for residential use. That minimal bandwidth has been supporting daily operations for 175 employees, jumping to 400 employees when the team is in town -- a clearly untenable situation in today's world.
The A's now have a 100Mbps connection to play with, although these days that's still not all that much. I'll bet they probably have to scale that up to a GigE before long, given that they are also planning cloud-based disaster recovery and other projects. After all, the expense doesn't even register next to even the smallest player salary I'd think.
Like the other cable MSOs, Comcast has been quietly pushing its business Ethernet services across most of its footprint to substantial success. Most of the deals aren't as high profile as MLB stadiums, but it's all definitely starting to add up.
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