Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Level 3 Launches Wireless Tower Access Service

Level 3 Communications launched a new service that offers direct wireless tower connectivity to the Level 3 network.

Level 3 Tower Access provides wireless carriers with new options for wireless backhaul in metropolitan and rural locations. The first phase of this initiative will target unserved and underserved markets focusing on areas with the greatest concentration of end-user demand. Wireless towers could be place on or near existing Level 3 network facilities.

The company said it has identified more than 300 tower-ready network sites with the geography and right-of-way access to support the addition of wireless towers. Level 3 is working with multiple partners to erect wireless carrier-neutral towers directly on the Level 3 network in these locations.

Level 3 Tower Access also offers shared infrastructure for wireless carriers to expand their wireless networks without the expense of costly fiber builds or dedicated tower access. Shared infrastructure creates an open platform for network connectivity that supports a broad range of technologies, regardless of the carrier or service.