Comcast expands head count and fiber network in Chicago

Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) said it is expanding its fiber network and staffing levels in Chicago in hopes of attracting business customers to its Ethernet, telephone and subscription video services.

The MSO said Wednesday it will hire an additional 170 employees to staff a facility in Naperville, Ill., including customer service, sales and administrative positions. Comcast opened an Executive Business Center at the facility which the company said it will use to pitch its Business Class products to prospective customers.

Comcast also announced that it expanded its fiber network to three Chicago-area business hubs: The Chicago Loop, the I-90 corridor from Rosemont/O'Hare International Airport to Schaumburg and the I-88 corridor in the western suburbs of the Windy City. The company said it will be able to market its Comcast Business Class products to an additional 1,600 businesses in the Chicago area thanks to the expansion.

"The Executive Business Center is part of a significant investment Comcast is making nationally and in the Chicago area in our Business Class products and services," Jay Dirkmaat, VP of Comcast Business Services for the MSO's Chicago region, said in a prepared statement.

Comcast generated $621 million in revenue from business services in the third quarter of 2012, up 33.6 percent compared to the third quarter of 2011. It is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results on Feb. 13.

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