Level 3 announces expansion of switched Ethernet footprint

Level 3 Communications Inc. will expand the number of Ethernet switches on its U.S. network by nearly 400 percent as part of its Ethernet Expansion Program.

MARCH 16, 2010 -- Level 3 Communications Inc. will expand the number of Ethernet switches on its U.S. network by nearly 400 percent as part of its Ethernet Expansion Program. Level 3 will make additional feature enhancements that will expand the company’s Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-certified Carrier Ethernet services portfolio.

“Ethernet is clearly the one-port solution for a wide range of business services, and Level 3’s commitment to the space demonstrates that they are building a platform for future growth,” says Stan Hubbard, senior analyst at Heavy Reading.

By expanding the switching footprint, Level 3 is eliminating the need for backhaul of switched metro Ethernet applications and providing a more efficient backhaul mechanism for higher layer services, such as Internet or voice. Ultimately, Level 3 customers benefit through enhanced network efficiency, scalability, and flexibility.

“This expanded architecture enables Level 3 to address a significantly broader set of enterprise and wholesale customer requirements for Ethernet services,” says Sureel Choksi, chief marketing officer for Level 3.

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