Comcast Business said its Enterprise Solutions unit has notched a deal to provide managed services, including guest WiFi, for Taco Bell and its 6,200 company and franchise locations in the U.S.
Financial terms were not announced, but the restaurant chain has retained Comcast Business to support the tech requirements for its national business operations, including a “redundant, highly-available network infrastructure.”
Tied in, Comcast Business will provide in-store managed WiFi networks and managed router systems for each restaurant that is capable of a minimum of 20 Mbps down/3 Mbps up, 4G business “continuity” at each location, and redundant connections at each location.
Comcast Business said it will also provide distributed IPsec VPN network that gives Taco Bell the ability to collect and exchange massive amounts of data at very high speeds across Taco Bell locations.
The deal comes a little over two years after Comcast introduced an enterprise division that targets large enterprises with multiple locations, and aims to build on Comcast Business’s work with small- and mid-sized business customers.
UPDATE: The national focus of the deal means that Comcast Business will be serving Taco Bell locations that fall outside of Comcast's regular cable footprint. Tied to its Fortune 1000 focus, Comcast has secured network agreements with several other cable operators to provide connectivity outside its footprint, and that strategy is in play with the Taco Bell deal, the company confirmed.
“Comcast Business understands the unique network demands of national restaurant chains and looks forward to supporting Taco Bell, one of the technology leaders of the fast food industry,” Glenn Katz, VP & GM Enterprise Solutions at Comcast Business, said in a statement. “By understanding the ever-changing demands of this highly competitive industry and having the largest high capacity network infrastructure in the country, Comcast is in a unique position to provide and manage all aspects of a service deployment within the quick serve restaurant (QSR) sector, whether they are a smaller restaurant group or a national chain with several thousand locations.”