Comcast Business in Plymouth Township today announced it has completed a $1.9 million expansion of its fiber-based network in Detroit that will add an additional 70-mile fiber ring to businesses across the city. Capable of delivering up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of network capacity, the fiber ring circles the entire city from Grosse Pointe, north of Highland Park, Dearborn, and the Detroit riverfront.
This build-out provides businesses access to a comprehensive portfolio of high-performance Ethernet, internet, and advanced voice solutions that will help meet the day-to-day demands of organizations requiring large amounts of bandwidth, looking to link multiple sites or branch locations, or planning to connect their offices to a third-party data center.
“As our region seeks to attract more tech pioneers and startups, an investment like this that provides expansive access to a 100-gig-capable network is one more reason why they should consider Detroit,” says Peter Chapman, executive vice president-business development at Detroit Economic Growth Corp., a quasi-development agency. “Businesses from virtually every industry and of all sizes have the need for robust, reliable bandwidth.”
Comcast Business’ fiber expansion follows the company’s $8.5M million investment over the past 24 months in its fiber-based network across Detroit. Over the past three years, the company has invested $36.9 million statewide completing fiber builds across other southeast Michigan communities as well as Grand Rapids, Holland, and Lansing.
“A symmetrical, fiber internet solution is no longer only sought out by massive companies with multiple locations,” says Jeff Marston, vice president of Comcast Business in Michigan. “The increasing reliance on big data and cloud applications is driving bandwidth usage from small and medium-size companies. Our scalable, fiber network allows us to be all things to all businesses because we can easily tailor our technology solutions to meet their changing and diverse needs.”