Comcast Business announces faster fiber network in Little Rock

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Comcast Business has installed in Little Rock a multimillion-dollar fiber optic network capable of delivering up to 100-gigabit speeds, the company announced on Monday (Nov. 14).

The fiber-based Ethernet service is available throughout Pulaski County, according to Comcast. Comcast Business serves schools, businesses, hospitals and other organizations that require large amounts of bandwidth, are looking to link multiple locations, or that plan to connect their offices to a third-party data center, according to the company.

“We are thrilled that Comcast has made this important investment in Little Rock’s business community,” Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola said, according to the Comcast press release. “This cements our city as a destination that can offer the nation’s most advanced technology to current and prospective businesses.”

Jay Chesshir, president and CEO of the Little Rock Regional Chamber, said ultra-fast internet has become a must-have.

“Today’s announcement from Comcast is great news for the future of Little Rock’s business economy,” Chesshir said in the press release. “The ability for a city to offer 100-gig speeds over an advanced fiber network has become critical in today’s marketplace. This keeps us competitive for existing company expansions while bringing in new businesses.”

Little Rock has attracted a wide array of companies in the manufacturing, transportation and service industries, in addition to several leading companies in aviation and biotechnology, according to the press release.

“This investment reinforces the importance of technology as a chief consideration for cities looking to attract multiple industries,” Larry Williamson, area vice president for Comcast, said in a press release. “Little Rock will be truly ready to support the next generation of business.”

Services within the new network include:

  • Ethernet Private Line: point-to-point connectivity between two customer sites for bandwidth-intensive applications;
  • Ethernet Virtual Private Line: point-to-multipoint connection to enable customers to tailor bandwidth, performance characteristics, and cost;
  • Ethernet Network Service: multipoint-to-multipoint connectivity to connect organizations with high-bandwidth requirements and multiple locations across Comcast’s network;
  • Ethernet Dedicated Internet: continuous, high-bandwidth connectivity between customers’ local networks and the public Internet.