Level 3 upgrades low-latency fiber network from London to Frankfurt

July 6, 2010
JULY 6, 2010 -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. says it has upgraded its low-latency fiber-optic network connection from London to Frankfurt. The upgrade is designed to significantly improve latency performance on this route as well as the Frankfurt-to-New York and Frankfurt-to-Chicago routes.

JULY 6, 2010 -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) says it has upgraded its low-latency fiber-optic network connection from London to Frankfurt. The upgrade is designed to significantly improve latency performance on this route as well as the Frankfurt-to-New York and Frankfurt-to-Chicago routes.

“Latency remains a highly sensitive issue in the financial industry, and Level 3’s improvement of its Frankfurt to London ultra-low-latency route (and the subsequent benefit to its other routes as a result) positions the company well in this area, particularly among international enterprise and financial service providers,” said Roopashree Honnachari, senior industry analyst with market research and analysis firm Frost & Sullivan. “Combined with the company’s latency guarantees and network scalability, this offering could be a real competitive differentiator for Level 3.”

Level 3 now will offer customers two grades of performance for low-latency network routes, with access to circuit speeds of up to 10 Gbps. The two grades, Premier and Advanced, will offer customers a choice between two latency route speeds based on their requirements. Premier customers will have access to the faster low-latency route. Both of these levels are then backed by Level 3’s latency service level agreement (SLA).

“Similar to our ultra-low-latency route from New York to Chicago, this upgrade demonstrates Level 3’s commitment to supporting our financial services customers, especially as ultra-low-latency and transaction cycle times are critical to this sector,” said James Heard, president of European markets at Level 3. “It also reinforces our commitment to continually enhance our ultra-low-latency service offering which, when combined with our network scale and reliability, deepens our commitment to the financial services community.”

The Level 3 network today spans 22 countries, with services offered in approximately 190 markets in Europe and North America. Leveraging this footprint, Level 3 offers multiple low-latency options for any given route and a direct connection to low latency, trans-Atlantic routes with diverse landing stations to better enable network security and business continuity.

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