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Customers in Eastern Washington Area to Have Level 3's Expanded Fiber Network

August 07, 2012

Customers in Eastern Washington Area to Have Level 3's Expanded Fiber Network

By Meenakshi Shankar
TMCnet Contributor

Data center growth throughout Eastern Washington is changing network requirements, and customers increasingly require more robust network backbones that are capable of handling the increased capacity.

Responding to the demand in this region for increased capacity capabilities, Level 3 Communications (News - Alert), a provider of communications services, announced the expansion of its global fibre network backbone to the cities of East Wenatchee and Quincy in Washington State.

"Level 3 has long been dedicated to expanding its network in response to customer demand and where it sees substantial opportunity for market growth," said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Core Product Management at Level 3.

"Eastern Washington is a key region for Level 3 in terms of growth, and we are delighted that our expanded capacity in the area will enable businesses to improve efficiency and expand, all while leveraging Level 3's advanced, international fiber network," Savill added.

Level 3's network expansion to Eastern Washington communities involves more than 200 miles of advanced fiber cable and connections to five customer data centers. The expansion offers customers network diversity from regional incumbent local exchange carriers and access to a scalable fiber-optic backbone, which boasts a comprehensive suite of wavelength services. Available wavelength capabilities include gigabit Ethernet, 40 gigabits per second Ethernet, or 40G, and future capabilities for 100G support.

The expansion also enables customers to benefit from Level 3's international network footprint, which regional ILECs have traditionally been unable to offer. This brings Diverse and Scalable Connectivity to East Wenatchee and Quincy.

Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions.

Level 3 Communications has also been selected by MacNeil/Lehrer Productions, which produces PBS NewsHour and PBS Convention coverage, to provide live, high-definition video feeds of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

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Edited by Braden Becker
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