Telefónica selects Level 3 for North American network

MARCH 27, 2009 -- Under a 10-year agreement, Level 3 will transport voice, data, and Internet traffic for more than 250 million Telefónica customers from Europe and Latin America.

MARCH 27, 2009 -- Level 3 Communications Inc. (search Lightwave for Level 3) has expanded its relationship with Telefónica International Wholesale Services to establish a dedicated wavelength network across North America, which represents the largest single capacity commitment in Level 3 history.

"Level 3 offers an innovative and comprehensive transmission network solution to support our increasing bandwidth demands in the United States," says Jose Ramon Vela, chief executive officer of Telefónica Wholesale. "The Level 3 network provides the diversity, flexibility, and scale necessary to grow with our needs and continue operating with high performance and greater efficiency across geographically diverse areas."

Under the terms of the 10-year agreement, Level 3 will transport voice, data, and Internet traffic for more than 250 million Telefónica customers from Europe and Latin America. The dedicated wavelength network includes triverse routes -- with three alternative fiber paths -- between high-traffic locations and route diversity across the remainder of the network.

Level 3 has dedicated bandwidth along each route for Telefónica to expand with future demand growth. The network provider says this design offers greater scale and flexibility than a typical wavelength transaction with more route diversity at a lower operating cost than building and operating a standalone fiber network. The solution provides many of the benefits of network ownership, while leveraging the economics and simplicity of the shared infrastructure.

Andrew Crouch, president of Level 3's Wholesale Markets Group, notes, "The extensive reach of our network across North America provides the redundancy and scale necessary to support the demands of Telefónica's global communications business today and into the future."


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