Comcast has gone mobile, in more ways than one. The company debuted its portable Wi-Fi service, dubbed Xfinity Wi-Fi on Wheels. The platform is built into a customized Ford T-350 van, and features six Ericsson Wi-Fi access points bolted to a 40-foot mast. The service, which will be offered for free, is expected to have a 500-foot range and will be able to support up to 3,000 users at speeds reaching five times that of standard cellular.
Comcast said it will be hitting the road with Wi-Fi on Wheels, bringing the service to “concerts, festivals and ballgames where people are gathering to enjoy the season’s biggest events.” The company put Wi-Fi on Wheels through a trial run at the recent Philadelphia’s Wizard World Comic Con, and also New Haven Arts and Ideas Festival this past June. It will also make an appearance at the upcoming Democratic National Convention (also being held in Philadelphia).