Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Level 3 Signs Network Agreement With Renater

Renater, a Paris-based operator of academic research networks, awarded a three-year agreement to Level 3's European operating subsidiaries to provide intercity dark fibre and colocation services. The Level 3 network will support the Renater 4 project, an upgrade to Renater's existing network infrastructure. The Level 3 fibre will connect the markets of Paris, Nancy and Strasbourg. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Founded in 1991, Renater is the French national network for research, education and technology. Its network backbone links regional networks across 20 regions in France and also provides international connectivity. The Renater network uses the TEN-34 network to connect to other National Research Networks (NRNs) including DFN, JANET, SWITCH and CERN.

Renater also has a 10 Gbps link to the next-generation Europe-wide GEANT2 network. GEANT2 is operated by Delivery of Advanced Network Technology to Europe (DANTE), a non-profit organisation based in the United Kingdom that plans, builds and operates high-bandwidth networks for universities and other research organisations. Level 3 also serves as a dark fiber and colocation provider to DANTE for GEANT2, which will serve more than three million users across 34 countries.


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