Bosox Power Ballparks With Comcast Metro Ethernet

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PHILADELPHIA and BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox have tapped Comcast to deliver high-speed communications over Business Class Metro Ethernet at Boston’s historic Fenway Park and the team’s new spring training facility, JetBlue Park at Fenway South, which opened this season in Fort Myers, Fla. The Ethernet service will deliver secure, reliable, high-performance Internet connectivity to support members of the media, Red Sox staff and the fans of one of Major League Baseball’s most storied franchises.

“The sports industry has changed dramatically in the last 15 years in its use of technology – from the use of video files in scouting players to the need for high-speed connectivity at the park so media can post photos, video clips, commentary and stories before, during and after games,” says Steve Conley, IT director at the Boston Red Sox. “We are in a media-centric business, and Comcast Business Class Metro Ethernet provides us with the bandwidth to accommodate the Internet reliability and performance needed for reporters, photographers and television crews, with the flexibility to quickly add more bandwidth in the future as we need it.”

The media will use Comcast Business Class Ethernet Dedicated Internet for real-time uploads of photography and video files during games and for high-speed Internet access in the press box to support reporting, research, writing and social media activities.

In addition, the Red Sox use video extensively as part of their scouting and player evaluation programs, which generate large video files that must be transferred through their network. “We are getting terabytes of data per month from player videos, and these videos are very important to the scouting department, especially in the months leading up to the amateur player draft,” adds Conley.

“Video files make up a considerable portion of today’s wide-area network and overall Internet traffic, and this trend is expected to continue as more organizations utilize video in their daily operations,” says Bill Stemper, president of Comcast Business Services. “The Boston Red Sox are a classic example of an organization that is a heavy user of video, making them an excellent fit for a Metro Ethernet service that can provide high bandwidth and scale up quickly using Comcast’s vast fiber-based network.”

Comcast Business Class Metro Ethernet also provides The Red Sox with reliable bandwidth to support public Wi-Fi access at Fenway Park during games. According to Conley, during home games an average of 1,800 to 2,000 users access public Wi-Fi at Fenway. Also, more than 250 Red Sox employees use Comcast Business Class for their Internet connectivity on a daily basis, supporting various roles and departments in the organization throughout the year.

JetBlue Park at Fenway South, the team’s new 106-acre spring training and player development complex, also uses Comcast Business Class Metro Ethernet, allowing media, fans and team personnel the same high-speed connectivity during spring training in Florida as at Fenway Park in Boston.

Launched in 2011, the Comcast Business Class Ethernet suite offers high-performance point-to-point and multipoint Metro Ethernet services with the capacity to deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, business continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications. Comcast Metro Ethernet services are significantly faster than T1 lines and other legacy technologies, providing scalable bandwidth from 1 Mbps up to 10 Gbps in more than 20 major U.S. markets.

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