Expansion increases access to Ethernet, Internet, Advanced Voice and Cloud Services
July 17, 2017 – Comcast Business announced today that it has expanded its advanced network to reach nearly 70 businesses in the Morton, IL, industrial corridor located along West Birchwood Street and Erie Avenue. Now that the buildout is complete, Comcast will be able to expand access to its high-speed Internet, advanced voice and cloud-based services in the area.
“Expanding fiber and bringing Comcast’s advanced network to the Birchwood and Erie industrial corridor will help businesses there grow and compete with other businesses locally, across the region and across the country,” said Morton Village President Jeff Kaufman. “Access to the latest technologies helps businesses better serve their customers and expand.”
Comcast Business’s network expansion will give small, medium and large businesses in the area wider access to Internet speeds of up to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) – and up to 100 Gbps on a case-by-case basis – along with a wide range of services, including Ethernet, Internet, Advanced Voice and value-added cloud services. In addition, with the fiber in place already as a result of the network expansion, Comcast can bring new customers online more quickly.
“Our advanced network provides increased bandwidth and that means more businesses can do more with their IT resources, like access more applications and services in the cloud, accommodate rapidly increasing numbers of employees in the field using mobile devices and exchange large amounts of data,” said Jay Dirkmaat, regional vice president of Comcast Business. “Comcast already has an extensive coaxial and fiber network in the Peoria area and throughout Illinois, and we’ve been expanding it significantly through strategic proactive investments designed to help spur economic growth in emerging and growing business corridors.”
In addition to the new fiber, Comcast offers a service that provides 1 Gbps download speeds to homes and businesses over the company’s existing network lines, which launched in Illinois – including the Peoria area – in August 2016. In addition, the company offers Gigabit Pro, a fiber-based residential service that provides 2 Gbps of speed.
The extent of the network in the Peoria area and in other locations has made it possible for Comcast to build the largest WiFi network in the nation. XFINITY WiFi includes 17 million WiFi hot spots in locations across the country, with more than 1.6 million in Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region, which includes Central Illinois, and about 31,000 in the Peoria area. XFINITY WiFi provides customers with access to the Internet and their content on the go and helps promote business, tourism, recreation and other economic activity.
About Comcast Business
Comcast Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business objectives. Through a next-generation network that is backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast delivers Business Internet, Ethernet, TV and a full portfolio of Voice services for cost-effective, simplified communications management. For more information, call (866) 429-3085. Follow Comcast Business on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at http://comca.st/2vtHRP9.
With more than 7,000 local employees, Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region (http://comca.st/2vu9VSw) serves customers in Central and Northern Illinois, including the Chicago area, Northwest Indiana and Southwest Michigan. “Like” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Facebook by visiting @Comcast. “Follow” Comcast’s Greater Chicago Region on Twitter at @ComcastILLINOIS.