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April 17, 2013

The Washington Nationals Select Ethernet Offering from Comcast Business

By Anamika Singh, TMCnet Contributor

Comcast (News - Alert) Business, a unit of Comcast Cable, a video, high-speed Internet and phone provider to business and residential customers, has revealed that the Washington Nationals selected Comcast Business Ethernet services for a multi-year contract. This will help connects its staff, members of the media and fans to the Internet.

Nationals Park can now leverage a fiber-based Ethernet connection from Comcast for delivering up to one Gigabit per second of speed. This supports more people and devices within the ballpark. Comcast can deliver these speeds which makes fiber network broadly available to meet the high-speed, high-capacity needs of business customers.

Regardless of how complex Ethernet network needs are, Comcast has fiber optic solutions designed to keep business applications running smoothly and everyone in an organization connected with one robust and secure network.

With the 2012 National League East behind it and finishing the regular season with the best record in baseball, the Nationals organization needed an Internet bandwidth upgrade to support high fan and media attendance for the team’s playoff run in October. For fans to stay connected during the games via a reliable Wi-Fi network, the organization also needed to prepare for the larger media contingent who required reliable and fast online access to research statistics, submit stories, transfer videos and images, and interact via various social media channels. Comcast was the ideal provider to deliver the infrastructure needed.

“When we first opened the ballpark in March 2008, our fans were not utilizing our WiFi (News - Alert) network to the extent that they do now during an average game, which is why we needed to increase the bandwidth supporting our Internet service,” stated Jason Zachariah, chief technical officer for the Washington Nationals.

“We are always looking for ways to enhance the ballpark experience for our guests, and we look forward to working with Comcast in the coming years to help us keep pace as our technology demands evolve,” Zachariah added.

With the scalable and secure Ethernet data services from Comcast in place, along with 24/7 dedicated national and local support, users can connect with customers, suppliers, and remote sites easily, efficiently and affordably.

The Ethernet dedicated Internet is simple, reliable and flexible. It is a cost-effective alternative to traditional hub and spoke network topologies as well.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

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