Level 3 Communications sees dark fiber as a growth engine in the transport and fiber section of its core network services (CNS) business, but only as part of a broader solution set-- not the best or only solution as some wireless operators and content providers suggest.
Level 3 Communications sees cable operators as a growing threat in the business space it serves-- as well as a potential ally for special access-- but said their geographic nature and lack of experience means they will have a tough time competing with ILECs for large business customers.
Level 3 Communications has reached a new multi-year, settlement-free interconnection agreement with Google covering their global backbone networks.
Level 3 is aware that cable operators like Comcast are making a move to advance into the larger business markets, but the service provider sees that the sector has a number of challenges it will have to overcome to be a viable threat.
AT&T, CenturyLink, Level 3, Verizon Business and a host of other service providers got their tickets to participate in the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to compete for contracts worth up to $4.3 billion.
Level 3 Communications could potentially get a financial gain from selling off its data centers, but the company's chief financial officer maintains it will hold onto them instead.
Level 3 may serve as an intermediary between residential consumer service providers and content providers like Netflix, but it has told the FCC that traditional ISPs should provide information to consumers on broadband network performance.
Level 3 continues to make progress in making new interconnection agreements with a number of carriers, but it contends the real beneficiaries are the consumers that want to access over-the-top video and other content.
Verizon, Cablevision and Time Warner Cable have become the subject of a New York Attorney General investigation over whether they charged consumers for speeds slower than what they advertised.
Level 3 said that Charter Communications' peering proposal lacks a number of key details that could affect future relationships.