Network expansions increase access to Ethernet, Internet, Voice and Cloud Services in Hammond, Middlebury, Portage, Schererville, Wakarusa and Warsaw.
June 29, 2021 – Comcast Business announced the addition of more than seven miles of fiber in key Northern and Northwest Indiana business and industrial areas. The new advanced network infrastructure will reach hundreds of businesses in the following locations:
- Hammond, at the Briar East Shopping Center area along South Grand Avenue and East 169th Street and at the Digital Crossroad Data Center on Indianapolis Boulevard;
- Portage, in an industrial area along Shepherd Avenue and Marineview Street off State Highway 249;
- Schererville, serving the Shoppes at Schererville area near Indianapolis Boulevard and Cedar Parkway;
- Middlebury, in a business area between County Road 2 and County Road 4 along State Road 131;
- Wakarusa, serving a business area located at East Waterford Street and Nappanee Street; and
- Warsaw, in the Silveus Crossing industrial area, between County Road W 300 N and State Highway 30. This expansion is the third phase of a major multi-year Comcast network expansion, including a retail area at North Detroit Street and Route 30 and a manufacturing and business area at North Boeing Road and North Bell Drive that were completed in 2017.
“Expanding broadband for Hoosier communities in need of a reliable and fast internet connection is a top priority,” said Indiana District 4 State Rep. Ed Soliday, chair of the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee. “With Comcast adding new fiber connections at the Digital Crossroad Data Center and throughout Northern Indiana, hundreds of employers, workers and families will benefit, while also making our communities more attractive to job providers and spurring economic development.”
With the expansion complete, Comcast can now provide businesses in the designated areas access to Internet speeds of up to 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps), along with a wide range of state-of-the-art telecommunications services, from Ethernet, Internet and Advanced Voice to value-added cloud services. In addition, with the fiber in place, Comcast can bring new customers online quickly.
“The expansion of Comcast Business’ fiber network in Northwest Indiana will strengthen the region’s profile and help it continue to compete for companies in a number of key sectors, from manufacturing, distribution and warehousing to customer support/call centers and healthcare,” Heather Ennis, President and CEO of Northwest Indiana Forum. “We appreciate Comcast’s ongoing investment in the region and its impact on our economy.”
“Comcast has invested significantly in its network in Indiana, and we are constantly expanding our reach through strategic proactive investments designed to help spur economic growth in emerging and growing business corridors,” said Jeff Cobb, Regional Vice President of Comcast Business. “Our advanced network provides increased bandwidth, allowing businesses to accomplish more, like access more applications and services in the cloud, accommodate large numbers of employees working at home, in the field and in the workplace, and exchange significant amounts of data.”
Additional Comcast Business services available in the network expansion areas include:
- ActiveCore SDN, a software-defined networking (SDN) platform providing businesses intelligent, centralized control for their networks via software applications like Managed Router and SD-WAN.
- Cybersecurity Services, reducing vulnerability to denial of service (DDoS) attacks and helping protect business infrastructure with managed security solutions; and
- Comcast Business VoiceEdge, a fully managed, scalable cloud-based voice system providing unified communications (UC) tools that can improve communication, enhance collaboration and help businesses increase productivity.
Comcast has spent nearly $30 billion in the last decade building an expansive fiber-dense network totaling 191,000 miles across the company’s service footprint. Comcast has invested nearly $550 million in technology and infrastructure in Indiana alone in the last three years. These investments have allowed Comcast to offer an array of state-of-the-art telecommunications services, including an Internet service with download speeds up to 1.2 Gbps to homes and businesses over its existing network. In addition, the company offers Gigabit Pro, a fiber-based residential service that provides 2 Gbps of speed.
In addition, the extent of Comcast’s network has made it possible for the company to offer the largest WiFi network locally and in the nation. Xfinity WiFi includes more than 20 million WiFi hotspots in locations across the country and more than 1.9 million in the region. Comcast has placed hotspots in or adjacent to locations ranging from restaurants, retail stores, salons and doctors’ offices to parks and universities, according to Cobb.
About Comcast Business
Comcast Business offers a suite of Connectivity, Communications, Networking, Cybersecurity, Wireless, and Managed Solutions to help organizations of different sizes prepare for what’s next. Powered by the nation’s largest Gig-speed broadband network, and backed by 24/7 customer support, Comcast Business is the nation’s largest cable provider to small and mid-size businesses and one of the leading service providers to the Enterprise market. Comcast Business has been consistently recognized by industry analysts and associations as a leader and innovator, and one of the fastest growing providers of Ethernet services.
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