Boston Ballet turns to Comcast

Petra Conti and Alejandro Virelles during the Arabian part of a full-dress rehearsal of Boston Ballet's "The Nutcracker" at the Boston Opera House on Nov. 29. Photo: Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff.

At first glance, it might not seem that Boston Ballet would need a lot of Internet bandwidth, but as the operator of the largest ballet school in North America, it relies extensively on online videos for training purposes, and the ballet company also uses the Internet to raise money and promote the arts.

To be able to quickly perform such tasks as transferring video files, Boston Ballet has turned to Comcast Business Ethernet services after an earlier network was unable to handle the load. As a result, Boston Ballet now has a redundant network infrastructure supported by 20 Megabits-per-second fiber Ethernet Network Service from Comcast Business that interlinks its headquarters at 19 Clarendon St. in Boston, two Boston Ballet School Studios  in Newton and Marblehead, and the Boston Opera House, Comcast said.

“While Ethernet may not immediately come to mind as a requirement for a dance company like the Boston Ballet, performance arts organizations need reliable Internet access just as much – if not more – than for-profit businesses, not just for training and community education programs, but also for internal collaboration and e-commerce initiatives,” Steve Walsh, vice president for Comcast Business in Greater Boston, said in a statement. “Comcast provides the network solutions to support these goals alongside the scalability to help them grow as they continue to attract new patrons so that, at the end of the day, the show really can go on, regardless of what comes their way.”


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