Level 3 breaks into Poland

October 13, 2005 London, UK-- Level 3 Communications today announced that its European operating subsidiaries are now providing Internet Protocol (IP) services in Warsaw, Poland. With the expansion, Level 3 claim now to serve 23 of the largest markets in Europe.

October 13, 2005 London, UK-- Level 3 Communications today announced that its European operating subsidiaries are now providing Internet Protocol (IP) services in Warsaw, Poland. With the expansion, Level 3 claim now to serve 23 of the largest markets in Europe.

Level 3 is offering its (3)CrossRoads wholesale high-speed Internet access service to Internet service providers (ISPs), cable providers, and carriers selling communications services in Poland. Level 3's customers in Warsaw include Telekomunikacja Kolejowa and ATM. Under the terms of both agreements, Level 3 will supply IP transit and access to its extensive international Internet backbone via a new Point of Presence (PoP) in Warsaw, thereby enabling access to the global Internet.

"Poland is a key market for us. Along with many of its neighbors, Poland is seeing rapid development that is bringing with it remarkable growth and demand for quality IP transit," remarks Brady Rafuse, president of Level 3's European operations. "Level 3 is now a significant Tier 1 Internet provider in Poland."

Level 3 already supplies IP transit to Telekomunikacja Kolejowa. With a fiber-optic network spanning more than 6,000 km, the telecommunications services provider cites several decades of experience in serving the Poland's railway industry, and currently offers a portfolio of services to that country's national defense and other governmental departments. The corporation has multiple divisions, including headquarters in Warsaw and other offices in Szczecin, Lublin, Poznan, Krakow, Gdansk, Wroclaw, and Katowice.

"Level 3 already serves as a key provider of IP connectivity for TK Telekom out of Berlin, and has also supplied 10G wavelength service in Germany," remarks Marek Misko, president of Telecomunikacja Kolejowa. "We have been impressed with the reliability and stability of Level 3's network, and our past experience with Level 3 gave us great confidence in expanding our relationship for this important network initiative."

ATM, Poland's first commercial Internet service provider, offers platforms to a broad customer base, combining telecommunications, system integration, and business software. The company provides telecommunications services in Poland under the brand ATMAN. The services are based on the provider's proprietary fiber-optic infrastructure in Warsaw and countrywide SDH/Ethernet/ATM network.

"Level 3's IP transit service has an excellent reputation in Eastern Europe," says Dr. Roman Szwed, president and CEO of ATM. "Level 3's reliability and focus on the wholesale segment makes it an excellent partner for us."


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