Comcast will be expanding their fiber network throughout Houston, which should enable the cable MSO to offer their Business Services, which include Ethernet and cloud services, to over 3,000 businesses located in the downtown Houston area.
The cable giant is facing plenty of competition in the Houston business market. Dallas based AT&T is currently the dominant business class provider in Houston, with Alpheus Communications quickly gobbling up market share while expanding their systems to cover Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.
The advantage Comcast has over other competing providers in Texas is that their fiber network belongs to them—they can use their own network to woo new clients or license parts of their network out for other companies who want to sell high speed Ethernet services to their clients. The largest cable company in the nation is joining Verizon FiOS and Google in offering pure fiber to their clients, though it remains unclear if Comcast will expand their fiber offerings to residential customers.
Just recently, Comcast has made significant upgrades to its fiber network on Boston, helping them secure lucrative multi-service contracts with major sports franchises such as the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Celtics.
While Google stays in Kansas, Verizon FiOS is the only major fiber service provider in the East coast, with service territories that may overlap with some of Comcast’s service territories. Still, the growing popularity of pure fiber networks is a good thing—the trend for any technology that becomes widespread is the downward pressure on prices, which is the kind of progress all consumers can get behind.