The Boston Celtics Team Up With Comcast Business Services for Multi-Site Ethernet and Voice Solution

   The Boston Celtics Team Up With Comcast Business Services for Multi-Site
                         Ethernet and Voice Solution

Comcast Business Class Ethernet and Comcast Business Class PRI Trunks Deliver
Seamless Communications Between Facilities to Help Improve Team Operations

PR Newswire

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 11, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Comcast Corporation, one of the
nation's leading providers of information and communications products and
services, today announced that the Boston Celtics, one of professional
basketball's most storied franchises, has selected Comcast Business Class
Ethernet and Comcast Business Class PRI Trunks for its data and voice
communications needs. Comcast is able to deliver these services due to decades
of investment in making its advanced fiber network broadly available to meet
the high-speed, high-capacity needs of business customers.

The Comcast Ethernet service will be used to download and transfer
bandwidth-intensive video files and images, and to integrate communications
between the organization's administrative office in Boston and its practice
facility in Waltham, Massachusetts. The Comcast data and voice services will
support coaches, scouts and trainers, enabling them to create scouting reports
and analyze game film, as well as business, legal and communications
professionals that need to be in constant contact to facilitate public
appearances, media interviews and other events in real-time.

The Celtics have a long and proud history, having won 17 league championships
with many winning seasons and several hall-of-fame players and coaches. Though
the team plays its games at the TD Garden, where Comcast provides television
and Internet service, its administrative headquarters are located elsewhere in
Boston and its practice facility is located west of the city in the suburb of
Waltham. Since the team's most recent championship in 2008, the organization
has added more employees to keep up with increased interest from both fans and
the media.

Previously, the organization had separate phone systems at each site and used
a T3 line from another provider. Having separate voice systems made
inter-office calling difficult, and those systems lacked many modern calling
features such as caller ID, 4-digit dialing and conference calling. In
addition, employees had to log on to a Virtual Private Network (VPN) each time
they wanted to connect between sites to access files or schedules. As part of
a recent renovation project in its Boston office, the organization's IT staff
wanted to standardize all sites on one voice and data provider and to unify
the separate IT environments at its different locations.

"Thanks to Comcast, we have integrated our phone systems, as well as our
networks. We need to quickly process a great deal of game video on a daily
basis, sometimes from as many as fourteen different games from the prior
evening, which requires a significant amount of bandwidth," said Jay Wessel,
Vice President of Technology, Boston Celtics. "With up to 100 Megabit per
second downloads between our two facilities, video files can move quickly
between our sites, as well as other player-, game- or event-related
information that needs to be handled in real-time."

The new Comcast Business Class Ethernet Private Line (EPL) provides 100 Mbps
of bandwidth between the Boston and Waltham locations, providing
high-performance file transfer and data access for all employees on a
continual basis, regardless of what office they are located in at any given
time. In addition, the Celtics use a Comcast Ethernet Dedicated Internet (EDI)
connection to provide 50 Mbps of bandwidth at the Celtics' practice facility
to enable fast video download – a critical task during the playing season.
Comcast is able to deliver these speeds due to decades of investment in
building infrastructure to make its advanced network broadly available to meet
the high-speed, high-capacity needs of business customers.

Additionally, Comcast Business Class PRI Trunks is utilized over the same
high-speed connection to enable unified voice services across the
organization. The increased communication speed and integrated phone system
also benefits the Celtics' public relations and marketing staff, who need to
access the network to respond quickly to media inquiries, and to upload
information, images and videos to the Celtics.com website to provide a timely
stream of team news and rich media content to fans.

"The Celtics are one of the preeminent teams in basketball, and one of the
most successful franchises in all professional sports," said Bill Stemper,
President of Comcast Business Services. "To match the team's tradition of
excellence, the organization needed an integrated, high-performance voice and
data service that allows staff to communicate in real-time and rapidly process
all of their video content and information. By standardizing on Comcast
Business Class Ethernet for their data needs and Business Class PRI trunks for
their voice communication, Celtics employees can collaborate faster, allowing
them to focus on serving their fans and the media."

About Comcast Business Services
Comcast Business Services, a unit of Comcast Cable, provides advanced
communication solutions to help organizations of all sizes meet their business
objectives. Through a modern, advanced network that is backed by 24/7
technical support, Comcast delivers Business Class Internet, TV and Voice
services for cost-effective, simplified communications management.

Launched in 2011, the Comcast Business Class Ethernet suite offers
high-performance point-to-point and multi-point Metro Ethernet services with
the capacity to deliver cloud computing, software-as-a-service, business
continuity/disaster recovery and other bandwidth-intensive applications.
Recently awarded the 2012 North American Competitive Strategy Leadership Award
for MSO Ethernet Services from Frost & Sullivan, Comcast Metro Ethernet
services are significantly faster than standard T1 lines and other legacy
technologies, providing scalable bandwidth from 1 Mbps to up to 10
Gigabits-per-second (Gbps) in more than 20 major US cities. For more
information, call 866-429-3085 or visit
http://business.comcast.com/enterprise. 

About Comcast Cable
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the
nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications
products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of
cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and
distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global
audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest
video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business
customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which
owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo
broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production
operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks.

Media Contacts:

Drew Miale
Davies Murphy Group
781.418.2438
dmiale@daviesmurphy.com

Doreen Vigue
Comcast
978.848.5650
Doreen_Vigue@cable.comcast.com



SOURCE Comcast Corporation

Website: http://business.comcast.com
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