Showing posts with label Level 3. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Level 3. Show all posts

Monday, October 30, 2017

FCC approves CenturyLink + Level 3 merger

After a year-long review, the FCC voted to approve the CenturyLink + Level Communications merger. The FCC ruled that the public interest would not be harmed by the transfer of necessary licenses to secure the merger and that any potential harms to competition are mitigated by the conditions set forth in the DOJ consent decree.

  • On October 3rd, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice cleared CenturyLink's pending acquisition of Level 3 Communications with certain conditions, including the divestiture of certain Level 3 metro network assets and certain dark fiber assets.

    Specifically, the combined company is required to divest Level 3 metro network assets in Albuquerque, N.M.; Boise, Idaho; and Tucson, Arizona. In addition, the combined company is required to divest 24 strands of dark fiber connecting 30 specified city-pairs across the country in the form of an Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU). CenturyLink said that because these fibers are not currently in commercial use, this divestiture will not affect any current customers or services.


CenturyLink to Acquire Level 3 for $34 Billion

CenturyLink agreed to acquire Level 3 Communications in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion, including the assumption of debt.

The deal combines CenturyLink's larger enterprise customer base with Level 3's global network footprint. The companies said this scale will enable further investment in the reach and speeds of its broadband infrastructure for small businesses and consumers. After close, CenturyLink's Glen Post will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer and President of the combined company.  Sunit Patel, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Level 3, will serve as Chief Financial Officer of the combined company. The combined company will be headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana and will maintain a significant presence in Colorado and the Denver metropolitan area.

Under terms of the agreement, Level 3 shareholders will receive $26.50 per share in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 1.4286 shares of CenturyLink stock for each Level 3 share they own, which implies a purchase price of $66.50 per Level 3 share (based on a CenturyLink $28.00 per share reference price) and a premium of approximately 42 percent based on Level 3's unaffected closing share price of $46.92 on October 26, 2016. Upon the closing  CenturyLink shareholders will own approximately 51 percent and Level 3 shareholders will own approximately 49 percent of the combined company.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Level 3 expands its network-based adaptive firewall service

Level 3 Communications is expanding its cloud-based, next-generation Adaptive Network Security footprint to Asia Pacific and Africa.

Level 3's Adaptive Network Security is a network-based firewall service that includes intrusion defense systems and intrusion protection systems, anti-malware sandboxing, data loss protection, URL and web content filtering, and application awareness and control. 

Customers can access the firewall service via a constellation of security gateways distributed across Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa and North America. All of these gateways are connected via Level 3's global VPN backbone.

Level 3 said it currently monitors over 1.3 billion security events across 94 billion NetFlow sessions daily, in addition to activity by over 5,000 command and control servers (C2s) and malicious IPs, creating rules to detect and block attacks.

"While the threat landscape continues to evolve, enterprises are seeing the cost and complexity of security solutions continue to rise. Level 3's expansion of Adaptive Network Security marks the next step in delivering adaptive networking solutions to break the hardware dependency cycle and reduce the administrative burden of trying to stay ahead of bad actors. Global businesses can leverage Adaptive Network Security for the latest security technology to keep their networks and workforces secure while they focus on what matters most to their business," stated Chris Richter, SVP of Global Managed Security Services for Level 3.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Level 3 introduces encrypted wavelength service

Level 3 Communications has launched an encrypted wavelength service to help global enterprises secure their optical connections from unlawful interception and fiber tapping.

The encrypted waves service, which uses AES 256-bit encryption, provides enterprises with a single network view. Customers maintain complete control over their encryption keys via the MyLevel3 portal and a Level 3-provided key management system.

Unlike with cloud-based encryption schemes, Level 3 says its optical layer service does not incur a performance penalty, ultra-low latency is preserved and there is no throughput degredation. In addition, customers do not need to invest in in additional encryption equipment to leverage encrypted waves between key customer locations.

"Every element of a critical network today has to be hardened against security attacks. Level 3 encrypted waves offer enterprises peace of mind by addressing security threats such as unlawful interception and fiber tapping, without sacrificing network performance. Unlike other optical encryption solutions on the market today, our solution provides greater direct customer control with built-in encryption key management through our portal. This is just one example of how Level 3 continues to deliver a truly customer-defined adaptive networking experience," stated Paul Savill, SVP of Core Products for Level 3.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

CenturyLink now expects to complete Level3 acquisition in October

CenturyLink now anticipates the Level 3 transaction to close in mid-to-late October 2017.

CenturyLink updated its closing timeframe based on a proposed decision filed by the California Administrative Law Judge, who last weel recognized that the combination of CenturyLink and Level 3 is in the public interest and is recommending the California Public Utilities Commission approve the transaction at its Oct. 12 meeting.

"Since we began the regulatory approval process, 24 states and territories have approved or cleared CenturyLink's acquisition of Level 3 and recognize this transaction is clearly in the public interest and will be good for competition in the enterprise market," said Glen F. Post III, CenturyLink chief executive officer and president. "We are working to obtain the remaining approvals, including the State of California, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Communications Commission, and want to give the regulators time to complete their review process."

http://ir.centurylink.com/file/Index?KeyFile=390251009

CenturyLink to Acquire Level 3 for $34 Billion


CenturyLink agreed to acquire Level 3 Communications in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion, including the assumption of debt. The deal combines CenturyLink's larger enterprise customer base with Level 3's global network footprint. The companies said this scale will enable further investment in the reach and speeds of its broadband infrastructure for small businesses and consumers

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Level 3 enables multiple VLANs on single Ethernet to AWS Direct Connect

Level 3 Communications is introducing a new self-serve capability as part of its Cloud Connect Solutions that provides customers with more flexibility for optimizing their cloud-based workloads.

The new Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions feature is a scalable Ethernet offering enabling customers to host multiple virtual local area networks (VLANs) on a single Ethernet Virtual Circuit (EVC) from their data centers to Amazon Web Services (AWS) with the AWS Direct Connect service.

Key Facts:

  • Level 3 is an AWS Direct Connect partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN). Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions leverages AWS Direct Connect to provide private connection to AWS cloud.
  • Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions give customers the ability to add and remove VLANs to AWS, including the connections to their virtual private clouds in near real-time via the MyLevel3 portal or API.
  • Customers can also share bandwidth across their Amazon virtual private cloud (Amazon VPC) instances.
  • As a private, direct connection to the cloud, Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions provide an additional layer of security for customers' multi-cloud environments.
  • When combined with Level 3 Adaptive Network Control Solutions, customers gain increased visibility and control, including granular, real-time reporting and the ability scale bandwidth up and down as business demands shift.
  • Customers can access this scalable Ethernet offering across Level 3's Metro 2.0 Ethernet footprint of nearly 290 markets in North America, EMEA and APAC.


http://www.level3.com/-/media/files/brochures/en_dataserv_br_elynk.pdf
http://www.level3.com

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

California's CENIC extends fibre lease with Level 3 to 2040

CENIC (Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California), the organisation that provides global connectivity for education and research institutions in California, announced an agreement to extend its fibre leases, called indefeasible rights of use (IRUs), with Level 3 Communications on more than 8,000 miles of dark fibre until 2040.
Through the collaboration, Level 3 provides CENIC with access to its extensive fibre network to serve the organisation's 11,000-member institutions, including universities, schools, libraries and other cultural, scientific and arts organisations across California.

Regarding the renewed lease agreement, Louis Fox, president and CEO of CENIC, noted, "CENIC's next generation terabit network, CENIC 2.0, will have even greater user control and visibility, automation and software capacities for security, computation, and storage".



  • In December 2016, the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Division (UC ANR) and CENIC announced they had connected key UC ANR facilities to CENIC's 100 Gbit/s research and education network, extending ultra-broadband capacity to UC researchers in rural sites across California.
  • UC ANR operates nine Research and Extension Centers (RECS), plus 57 local UC Cooperative Extension offices, in locations ranging from the Oregon border in the north, through the Sierra foothills and Central Valley, along the Pacific Coast and south to the Mexican border.
  • CENIC is a non-profit organisation that operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN) high-capacity network that connects over 20 million users, including most K-20 students, with educators, researchers and other public institutions. It also provides connectivity to leading institutions and industry research organisations worldwide.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Level 3 Expands SDN-enabled dynamic Ethernet to APAC

Level 3 Communications, which is in the process of being acquired by CenturyLink, announced it is expanding availability of its Metro 2.0 global Ethernet platform and software-defined networking (SDN) solutions to the Asia Pacific region, enabling enterprises to access its Ethernet platform at two points in each of Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore, for a total of six access points across the region.

Level 3's Ethernet services are available in more than 290 markets worldwide with flexible bandwidth options ranging from 2 Mbit/s up to 6 Gbit/s. The operator noted that the service features its SDN-based solutions platform, Adaptive Network Control Solutions (ANCS), offering with dynamic capacity, and that enterprises utilising the dynamic capacity capability account for over 1,500 bandwidth scalability events each month, with up to 75% during normal business hours.

Level 3's Ethernet platform offers full E-Line and E-Access product capabilities including Ethernet Virtual Private Line (EVPL) and Ethernet Private Line (EPL), which allow global end-to-end connectivity to both on- and off-net locations. The latest service expansion is part of Level 3's objective of providing a single, global Ethernet suite that offers customer-defined networking functionality including bandwidth scaling on demand.

Level 3 noted that it has an established presence in Asia Pacific and serves 14 on-net markets throughout the region with service reach to more than 50 markets. In Asia Pacific it offers global cloud and data centre connectivity to businesses, with on-ramps to AWS and Microsoft Azure in Singapore, and in addition to Ethernet services offers VPN, direct Internet access, managed services, unified communications, CDN and security solutions.

Level 3 also recently announced the deployment of DDoS scrubbing centres at facilities in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore.

CenturyLink announced in October 2016 that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Level 3 in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion. Under terms of the agreement, Level 3 shareholders would receive $26.50 per share in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 1.4286 shares of CenturyLink stock for each Level 3 share held, implying a total purchase price of $66.50 per Level 3 share. At that time the transaction was expected to close in the third quarter of 2017.

http://www.level3.com

MEF16: Level 3's Adam Saenger on Geographic and Service Expansion


Adam Saenger highlights the geographic expansion and new capabilities of Level 3's advances services portfolio this year. Visibility and flexibility are key differentiators. See video: https://youtu.be/vyd1-CBBJtc...


Sunday, November 13, 2016

MEF16: Level 3's Adam Saenger on Geographic and Service Expansion



Adam Saenger highlights the geographic expansion and new capabilities of Level 3's advances services portfolio this year. Visibility and flexibility are key differentiators.

See video: https://youtu.be/vyd1-CBBJtc



Monday, October 31, 2016

CenturyLink to Acquire Level 3 for $34 Billion

CenturyLink agreed to acquire Level 3 Communications in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $34 billion, including the assumption of debt.

The deal combines CenturyLink's larger enterprise customer base with Level 3's global network footprint. The companies said this scale will enable further investment in the reach and speeds of its broadband infrastructure for small businesses and consumers. After close, CenturyLink's Glen Post will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer and President of the combined company.  Sunit Patel, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Level 3, will serve as Chief Financial Officer of the combined company. The combined company will be headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana and will maintain a significant presence in Colorado and the Denver metropolitan area.

Under terms of the agreement, Level 3 shareholders will receive $26.50 per share in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 1.4286 shares of CenturyLink stock for each Level 3 share they own, which implies a purchase price of $66.50 per Level 3 share (based on a CenturyLink $28.00 per share reference price) and a premium of approximately 42 percent based on Level 3's unaffected closing share price of $46.92 on October 26, 2016. Upon the closing  CenturyLink shareholders will own approximately 51 percent and Level 3 shareholders will own approximately 49 percent of the combined company.

"The digital economy relies on broadband connectivity, and together with Level 3 we will have one of the most robust fiber network and high-speed data services companies in the world," said Glen Post, CenturyLink Chief Executive Officer and President. "This transaction furthers our commitment to providing our customers with the network to improve their lives and strengthen their businesses. It is this focus on providing fiber connectivity that will continue to distinguish CenturyLink from our competitors. CenturyLink shareholders will benefit from the significant synergies and financial flexibility provided by the combined company's revenue growth and strong cash flow. For employees, this combination will bring together two highly customer-focused organizations and provide employees growth and advancement opportunities the companies could not offer separately."

"This is a compelling transaction for our customers, shareholders and employees," said Jeff Storey, President and Chief Executive Officer of Level 3. "In addition to the substantial value delivered to shareholders, the combined company will be uniquely positioned to meet the evolving and global needs of enterprise customers."

Some highlights:
  • Fiber Network - the Level 3 infrastructure increases CenturyLink's network by 200,000 route miles of fiber, which includes 64,000 route miles in 350 metropolitan areas and 33,000 subsea route miles connecting multiple continents. 
  • On-net buildings - are expected to increase by nearly 75 percent to approximately 75,000, including 10,000 buildings in EMEA and Latin America. 
  • Cost Efficiencies - complementary domestic and international networks will provide cost efficiencies by focusing capital investment on increasing capacity and extending the reach of the combined company's high-bandwidth fiber network.
  • Scale - the deal  creates a world-class enterprise player with approximately $19 billion in pro forma business revenue and $13 billion in business strategic revenue, for the trailing twelve months ended June 30, 2016. Together, CenturyLink's and Level 3's revenue will be 76 percent derived from business customers, and 65 percent of the combined company's core revenue will be from strategic services. 
  • Enhanced Broadband Infrastructure - This transaction will provide the combined company with increased opportunity to invest in its broadband infrastructure and enhance broadband speed for small businesses and consumers.
  • Financial Profile - the combined company is expected to have improved adjusted EBITDA margins, revenue growth and pro forma net leverage of less than 3.7x at close, including run-rate synergies. The combined company will benefit from Level 3's nearly $10 billion of net operating losses ("NOLs"). These NOLs will substantially reduce the combined company's net cash tax expense over the next several years, positioning it to generate substantial free cash flow.
  • Additional debt - CenturyLink intends to finance the cash portion of the transaction and pay related fees and expenses through a combination of cash on hand at CenturyLink and Level 3, and approximately $7 billion of additional indebtedness. In connection therewith, CenturyLink has received financing commitments from BofA Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC totaling approximately $10.2 billion for new secured debt facilities.

http://ir.centurylink.com/CorporateProfile.aspx?iid=4057179
http://www.level3.com
  • Over the past few years, CenturyLink has acquired Qwest Communications, Savvis and Embarq (formerly Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division).
  • The deal to acquire Qwest was valued at $22 billion when it was first announced in 2010. At the time, CenturyLink and Qwest served local markets in 37 states with approximately 5 million broadband customers, 17 million access lines, 1,415,000 video subscribers and 850,000 wireless consumers.  
  • In 2014, Level 3 acquired tw telecom in a $5.7 billion deal that combined its global fiber network and international data centers with tw telecom's extensive metro footprint in major U.S. Time Warner Communications was founded in 1993 as a joint venture between US West and Time Warner Communications. The company completed an IPO in 1999. It acquired Xspedius in 2006. 
  • Level 3's prior acquisitions include WilTel (2005), Progress Telecom (2006), ICG(2006), Telcove (2006), Looking Glass Networks (2006), Broadwing (2007), SAVVIS' content delivery network (2007), Servecast (2007), and Global Crossing (2011).

Thursday, October 27, 2016

WSJ: CenturyLink and Level3 in Merger Talks

The Wall Street Journal reported that CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications are in advanced talks to merge.  Neither company confirmed the report.

Both companies operate very significant fiber backbone networks.

Over the past few years, CenturyLink has acquired Qwest Communications, Savvis and Embarq (formerly Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division).

In 2014, Level 3 acquired TW Telecom. In 2011, it acquired Global Crossing.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/centurylink-in-advanced-talks-to-merge-with-level-3-communications-1477589011

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Level 3 Launches Adaptive Threat Intelligence Service

Level 3 Communications is launching an Adaptive Threat Intelligence service that provides customized threat intelligence and alerting for customers. The cloud-based service leverages Level 3's expansive view of worldwide Internet traffic and a broad view of risks. The solution distills actual communications, indicators of compromise (IoC), between customers and bad actors.

The company said the new offer works as follows:

  • Adaptive Threat Intelligence is a one-stop shop for customers. They no longer have to purchase reputation feeds for malicious activity, manage on-premises boxes or have in-house resources to correlate threat data and identify risks on their network.
  • Adaptive Threat Intelligence is a cloud-based service that handles these requirements, providing a personalized, ranked list of actual malicious communications, no hardware needed.
  • Sampled customer data is correlated against known malicious communications using Level 3 proprietary analysis from threat data sources, including its DNS, CDN and MSS infrastructure, and third-party data.
  • Customers receive near real-time alerts for correlated events on their network.
  • Level 3 SOC experts are available to provide additional context, and if needed, to mitigate threats or escalating Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.
  • The interactive near-real time reporting system also provides historical views for additional analysis.

"Investigating threats using intelligence or reputation feeds is painful for customers. They need a smart filter for their security alerts to help them understand their priorities and to allocate resources. We correlate and prioritize live communications and rank the potential risks for customers, taking the burden off their IT and security teams so they can focus on their core business initiatives," stated Anthony Christie, Chief Marketing Officer, Level 3.

http://news.level3.com/

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Level 3 Deploys Cisco Network Service Orchestrator

Level 3 Communications is using Cisco’s Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), enabled by Tail-f, to deliver on-demand Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) solutions.

Level 3 developed a programmable wide area network (WAN) that enables it to automate a range of data services and multivendor devices in its markets around the world. The company can also orchestrate the entire service lifecycle—including activation, testing and ongoing service-level assurance—through a single data model.

Level 3’s Adaptive Network Control Solutions suite, leverages network automation and SDN, which provides its customers with:
  • Agile Hybrid Cloud Connectivity: Customers can order Ethernet services such as E-Line, E-Access and E-Lynk, Level 3’s public cloud connection service, with flexible bandwidth options.
  • Level 3’s Dynamic Capacity: When customers order Level 3 Adaptive Network Control Solutions with Dynamic Capacity, the system can scale bandwidth up to 300 percent on demand, scheduled in advance or automatically based on configurable network threshold triggers.
  • Optimized Data Backup and Recovery: Customers can schedule Dynamic Capacity for regular or ad-hoc events such as data replication. Level 3’s system can schedule additional capacity in advance on an hourly basis to ensure that the workload happens within the required time window.
  • Accelerated time-to-market for new applications: With cloud connectivity between public and private infrastructure domains, Level 3 customers can quickly move applications from development to production.
  • End-to-end visibility through Level 3’s Enhanced Management: Level 3 administrators and their customers can view granular real-time information about the performance and utilization of networks and services.
Level 3 noted that it now manages more than 75,000 different network devices around the world, and that it now supports the same automated services, with the same scalability, high availability and redundancy across geographies, regardless of the underlying infrastructure.

"The power of agility in today’s competitive marketplace is not overstated,” said Travis Ewert, senior vice president of network software development at Level 3. “Global businesses need network resources that are flexible enough to be leveraged as a service, with the reliability and security they can rely on to deliver critical business applications. With Cisco NSO, Level 3 is making the once-distant dream of full lifecycle service automation a reality for enterprises around the world."

“Network resources on-demand represents a huge opportunity for service providers like Level 3 to remain innovative for their customers and competitive in the market,” said Yvette Kanouff, senior vice president, general manager, service provider business, Cisco. “This transition to network automation using NSO, is a significant step for offering new opportunities and entering new markets.”

http://www.cisco.com
http://www.netrounds.com

  • Netrounds provides software-based network performance and service assurance solutions that help telecom operators to enhance the end-user experience of IP-based services such as Internet, TV, voice and other quality-demanding business services.  The company is based in Lulea, Sweden.
  • In May, Netrounds announced that its Netrounds Control Center and active Test Agents have successfully achieved Cisco compatibility certification with Network Services Orchestrator (NSO 4.1) and Elastic Services Controller (ESC 2.0).





Thursday, May 26, 2016

Level 3 Launches Enterprise Security Gateway in the Cloud

Level 3 Communications launched a cloud-based network security solution that helps enterprises evolve from the traditional on-premises hardware model to Security as a Service.

The Level 3 Enterprise Security Gateway (ESG) moves the security perimeter from their enterprise or data center to the Level 3 network.

Level 3 cited the following benefits and competitive differences:

  • ESG uses Level 3's network to provide carrier agnostic, network-based security protection – data on any device at any location through any connection or carrier can be secure.
  • From anywhere in the world, customers can leverage Level 3's global IP backbone capacity, more than 42 Terabits per second (Tbps), and rich interconnection agreements to access security tools hosted in gateways.
  • ESG offers multiple carrier-class security services for customers, including anti-malware with sandboxing, data loss protection, application awareness and enforcement and next-generation firewall.
  • ESG is backed by Level 3's threat research, providing actionable intelligence for customers.
  • Single Viewpoint: Through Level 3's customer portal, users can view their entire ESG ecosystem, enabling access to a multitude of reports and gateway performance metrics.
  • Around-the-clock protection; customers have access to Level 3's 24/7 Security Operations Centers and professionals

"With today's global launch of Enterprise Security Gateway (ESG), Level 3 continues to enhance our network-based enterprise security solutions portfolio. With ESG, enterprises can fundamentally shift their security perimeter to the Level 3 network cloud where customers can then access a state of the art collection of security solutions, tools and technical expertise. ESG reinforces Level 3's commitment to our customers where everything we do is intended to allow them to grow their business faster, operate their networks more efficiently and to do both in a secure fashion," stated Anthony Christie, Chief Marketing Officer, Level 3.

http://news.level3.com/2016-05-25-Level-3-Takes-Security-to-the-Network-and-Leverages-the-Cloud-to-Defend-Customers

Monday, April 18, 2016

Level 3 Gains AWS Advanced Partner Status

Level 3 Communications has been named an Advanced Partner in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner Network (APN) delivering AWS Direct Connect, a network service providing enterprises secure access to the AWS Cloud.

Using AWS Direct Connect, Level 3 customers can access any AWS region through Level 3's high-performance network via the following AWS locations: Ashburn, Dublin, Frankfurt, Las Vegas, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Jose, Sao Paulo, Seattle, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo.

Level 3 said it is currently providing cloud connectivity to more than 20 percent of Fortune 50 companies. Last year and in 2014, Level 3 provided dedicated network connectivity to re:Invent, AWS' annual show, supporting live demos, powering AWS developer boot camps and demonstrating Direct Connect tools on-stage directly into the AWS cloud before more than 18,000 attendees.

"We are proud to have achieved this level of partnership with AWS via the APN. Global enterprises rely on Level 3's Cloud Connect service to access AWS for safe, secure and high-performance connectivity to and from the AWS Cloud. By working with Level 3, our customers benefit from the years of experience we've had developing unique networking solutions that make the cloud perform better. Level 3 is excited about our success working with AWS and promoting Direct Connect as a best practice in cloud adoption," stated Brian Hoekelman, VP Business & Cloud Ecosystem Development for Level 3.

http://www.level3.com/

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Level 3 Adds Microsoft Office 365 to its Cloud Connect

Level 3 Communications and Microsoft are enabling direct connectivity to Office 365 via the ExpressRoute service on the Level 3 network.  Enterprises can access everything in their Office 365 service, including Exchange Online, Office web applications, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online across Level 3's global network.

Level 3 offers both point-to-point Ethernet and any-to-any IP-VPN connectivity to Azure and Office 365. At every Level 3-ExpressRoute IP-VPN network-to-network interface, Level 3 has a colocated network-based security gateway.


Level 3 offers global connectivity to Microsoft Azure and Office 365 through the following Microsoft data centers: Amsterdam, Chicago, Dallas, London, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

"Businesses, and even government organizations, are no longer asking if or when they should look to the cloud to realize the inherent cost and operational benefits, but how. Software as a service models like Office 365 are clearly an entry point to the cloud. With Level 3 Cloud Connect partner ecosystem, enterprises and government agencies can leverage a private, secure and reliable network connection to Office 365 and other Azure cloud services for improved performance, security and productivity," stated Brian Hoekelman, VP Business & Cloud Ecosystem Development for Level 3.

http://investors.level3.com/

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Level 3 Activates Pacific Subsea Cable in Colombia

Level 3 Communications activated a new subsea cable landing station in Buenaventura, Colombia, giving the country a Pacific Ocean route to connect to its international network.  At launch, Level 3´s undersea system has a total installed capacity of eight terabits of which 400-gigabits are already available.

The fiber optic undersea cable runs 300 kilometers to the seaport city of Buenaventura on Colombia's Pacific coast, then 154 kilometers over land to the city of Cali, where it connects with Level 3's national fiber optic system that provides access to the main Colombian markets.

Level 3 said demand for connectivity and network services in Colombia and Latin America is rising.

http://www.level3.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Level 3 Appoints President of N. America and APAC

Level 3 Communications named Laurinda Pang as the Regional President of North America (NA) and Asia Pacific (APAC). Pang previously served as executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Level 3.

Prior to joining Level 3, Pang held executive positions at Global Crossing and Frontier Communications.

"We are excited to have Laurinda in this role, she has an impressive track record of transformative leadership and we look forward to her continued success," said Jeff Storey, president and chief executive officer. "Our top priority remains our customers and providing them with the best experience possible."

http://www.level3.com

Friday, February 5, 2016

Level 3: Demand for Bandwidth Remains Strong

Level 3 Communications reported revenue of 2.053 billion for the fourth quarter 2015, compared to $2.052 billion for the fourth quarter 2014 and $8.229 billion for the full year 2015 compared to $8.123 billion for the full year 2014. In the fourth quarter 2015, the company generated net income of $3.323 billion and basic earnings per share of $9.33.

"Our 2015 results demonstrate Level 3's solid execution and performance," said Jeff Storey, president and CEO of Level 3. "Demand for bandwidth remains strong and the proliferation of connected devices continues. These demand drivers are creating an enterprise networking opportunity that is well suited for the depth, scale and reach of Level 3's global network and capabilities. We believe we are well positioned to continue to take enterprise market share."

Some highlights:

  • Grew Core Network Services revenue by 5.3 percent for the full year 2015, on a pro forma and constant currency basis
  • Grew Enterprise Core Network Services revenue by 7.2 percent for the full year 2015, on a pro forma and constant currency basis.

http://investors.level3.com

Monday, January 18, 2016

AlohaNAP Offers Private Connections to Big Cloud Providers

The AlohaNAP data center in Kapolei, Hawaii is now offering Level 3 IP and Fiber Services as well as their Cloud Connect service to securely connect their data center infrastructure to over 30 global cloud services, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, with faster speeds and greater reliability.

"Level 3 Cloud Connect Platform allows AlohaNAP to provide our enterprise customers a secure private connection to the leading cloud providers in the world," states Robert DeVita, Chief Sales Officer at AlohaNAP. "Whether organizations are connecting to a public cloud based in the mainland United States or extending a hybrid cloud to servers hosted at AlohaNAP, Cloud Connect ensures critical data and applications are always online."

The state of the art AlohaNAP data center in Kapolei opened in early 2015. The facility offers carrier-neutral connections to both global and local fiber providers, and satellite connectivity to over 40 different satellites.

http://www.alohanap.com

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Valve Upgrades to 100G for its Online Gaming Service

Valve, an online gaming company, selected Level 3 Communications to upgrade its network infrastructure to include 100 Gbps ports.

The upgrade is in response to the substantial rise in popularity of digital services and online games provided by Steam, Valve's social entertainment and gaming platform. The new ports will give Valve the bandwidth necessary to continue providing an optimal experience as Steam's audience size and usage expands. Valve's Steam gaming platform has over 100 million users, averaging more than 10 million concurrent players and over two billion minutes played logged per day. Traffic levels to Steam's servers are growing approximately 75 percent year-over-year.

http://www.level3.com

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