Comcast Business Announces $30 Million Investment to Expand High-Performance Ethernet Network in City of Philadelphia
Investment designed to support business communities requiring high-capacity network services

Comcast Business Announces $30 Million Investment to Expand High-Performance Ethernet Network in City of Philadelphia
Investment designed to support business communities requiring high-capacity network services

Comcast Cable
Nov 16, 2016, 10:00 ET

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Comcast Business today announced it is investing more than $30 million in a major expansion of its fiber-based network in Philadelphia, reaching more than 3,000 businesses directly and benefiting tens of thousands more by making the network more accessible and affordable than ever before. Capable of delivering up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) of network capacity, the fiber optic Ethernet network expansion will support advanced services and give the company the ability to bring new customers, ranging from small and medium-sized organizations to large enterprises, online more quickly.

While the Comcast Business fiber network already serves many of Philadelphia's largest companies and hundreds of other businesses, this concentrated expansion will deploy more than 50 miles of new fiber optic cable and encompass the city's two largest business districts – Center City (from the Delaware River to the Schuylkill River) and University City. Significant work has already begun over the past few months to provide high-performance Ethernet, Internet and advanced voice solutions to businesses and organizations throughout the city, and additional network expansions will be completed through the remainder of the year.

"Our city has always been on the cutting-edge of innovation and technology, and having access to the latest network services like those that Comcast Business is providing is absolutely essential to keeping us there," said Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia. "We thank Comcast for its continued commitment to the City."

In addition to the educational facilities, medical industries, law firms and finance institutions prevalent in Philadelphia, the revitalization of tech and retail districts – combined with the influx of new small businesses and startups – creates a hotbed of economic development requiring access to the advanced communications solutions Comcast Business offers.

"This significant investment in our city's infrastructure is critical to provide our businesses with the access and options they need to compete and grow," said Rob Wonderling, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia. "This competitive advantage will also help us continue to attract innovative companies to our city."

With a comprehensive portfolio of Ethernet options, Comcast Business serves schools, businesses, hospitals and other organizations with distributed enterprises that require large amounts of bandwidth, are looking to link multiple sites or branch locations or plan to connect their offices to a third-party data center.

"This is one of Comcast Business' most significant and innovative infrastructure build-outs to date, and we're proud to be making this investment here in our hometown," said David Dombroski, regional vice president for Comcast Business. "As demand in Philadelphia for our high-performance Ethernet offerings continues to soar, Comcast Business recognizes the need to respond quickly to new businesses to provide scalable solutions that can meet demand as they grow."

Over the summer, Comcast Business played a critical role in one of the most technologically-advanced events in history as the official Broadband and Telecommunications Provider for the Democratic National Convention. The company installed more than 25 miles of network plant in the Wells Fargo Center and surrounding area specifically for the event to deliver a redundant 100 Gigabit-per-second connection that serviced all DNC staff, delegates and thousands of media outlets.

Nationally, Comcast Business's Ethernet services are delivered over an advanced network that spans nearly 150,000 miles. Comcast was the first service provider in the world to offer Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) CE 2.0 certified Ethernet services and was also the first service provider to achieve all three of the previous CE 1.0 certifications (MEF 9, 14 and 18).

About Comcast Business:
Comcast Business offers Ethernet, Internet, Wi-Fi, Voice, TV and Managed Enterprise Solutions to help organizations of all sizes transform their business. Powered by a next-generation, fiber-based network, and backed by 24/7 technical support, Comcast Business is one of the largest contributors to the growth of Comcast Cable. Comcast Business is the nation's largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and has emerged as a force in the Enterprise market; recognized over the last two years by leading industry associations as one of the fastest growing provider of Ethernet services.
For more information, call 866-429-3085. Follow on Twitter @ComcastBusiness and on other social media networks at

About Comcast Cable:
Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to residential customers under the XFINITY brand and also provides these services to businesses. Comcast has invested in technology to build an advanced network that delivers among the fastest broadband speeds, and brings customers personalized video, communications and home management offerings. Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) is a global media and technology company. Visit for more information.

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SAN FRANCISCO and WALLDORF, Germany, Nov. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SAP SE (SAP) and GE Digital (GE) today announced their intention to explore collaboration in the area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IoT). The announcement is driven by the fundamental shared belief in the power of the Industrial IoT, and the ability for joint customers to drive further efficiency, savings and utilization from their investments into assets. The announcement was made at GE's Mind + Machines conference being held November 15 and 16, 2016, in San Francisco.
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Building on the respective strengths of GE Digital and SAP, the companies plan to focus their initial efforts on opportunities to strengthen the integration between GE's Predix operating system and SAP HANA® Cloud Platform. Additionally, the companies intend to collaborate in the area of asset management, including SAP Asset Intelligence Network, and to explore and design use cases to enable the "Things to Outcomes" vision for customers in the oil and gas industry. "Enabling the owners, operators and makers of their equipment to share data and context is an essential building block towards the enablement of end-to-end processes and our 'Things to Outcome' vision'," said Dr. Tanja Rueckert, executive vice president, Digital Assets & IoT, at SAP.
Customers in the oil and gas industry will be the first beneficiaries between the two companies.
"The cross-collaboration between GE and SAP will allow us to create opportunities for the Industrial IoT ecosystem," said Denzil Samuels, global head of Channels & Alliances at GE Digital. "The partnership is an ongoing effort to expand joint go-to-market capabilities and accelerate innovation in rapidly growing markets for cloud platforms."
SAP and GE are both leading members of the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC). This international network of companies and universities is driving the implementation of the Industrial IoT in several areas, including manufacturing. Both companies plan to reinforce their ongoing activities and uncover ways to work together on industry-leading standards to accelerate interoperability and convergence between IT and operational technology (OT).
For more information, visit the SAP News Center. Follow SAP on Twitter at @sapnews.
About GE Digital
GE Digital connects streams of machine data to powerful analytics, providing industrial companies with valuable insights to manage assets and operations more efficiently. World-class talent and software capabilities drive big gains in productivity, availability and longevity. For more information, visit the Web site at
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As one of the market leaders in enterprise application software, SAP helps companies of all sizes and industries Run Simple. From back office to the boardroom, warehouse to the storefront, desktop to a mobile device – SAP software empowers people and organizations to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively to stay ahead of the competition. SAP applications and services enable more than 335,000 business and public sector customers to operate profitably, adapt continuously, and grow sustainably. For more information, visit
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