Philadelphia is looking to upgrade its Institutional Network capabilities, and it is turning to Comcast Business to supply the necessary metro fiber infrastructure. Philadelphia is of course the cable giant's hometown, an inside track that probably didn't hurt.
The City of Philadelphia has announced a 15-year deal with Comcast Business for the new iNet. Network capacity will be boosted by a factor of 5 at most locations, with the first doubling occuring at no increase in cost. Meanwhile the connection to the internet and to the city's cloud applications will jump by a factor of 20. Comcast will be absorbing the capex for the initial 200+ sites, with a subsidy for expansion beyond that.
The upgrade will power the city's government departments, which means more video usage by the police, more medical data for the Health Department, etc. It also means WiFi in all City facilities, including 80 rec centers and parks that don't yet have it. There's also ad hoc bandwidth for special events.
All in all, it's definitely a big win for Comcast Business on its home turf. Comcast's fiber network spans 141,000 route miles.
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