CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has added fiber links to five more CyrusOne data centers, bringing its total to 12. The telco said there are now a dozen CyrusOne data centers directly connected to CenturyLink's 250,000-route-mile fiber network and 300,000-mile international transport network.
The telco also said that by early 2016 its fiber network will between connected within five more CyrusOne data centers, including the Austin III, downtown Cincinnati, Houston West III, San Antonio II and Sterling, Va., data centers.
CyrusOne currently has 29 data centers in the U.S. and provides IT infrastructure for about 900 customers globally.
Earlier this year CenturyLink said it was expanding its global data center footprint by adding approximately 10.8 megawatts of critical capacity to its footprint and data center facilities. These facilities are built to support up to an additional 35 megawatts to meet future demands from the telco's business customers.
Specifically, CenturyLink said it was expanding in key markets, including Boston, London, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
CenturyLink has been facing increased competition in the data center arena -- particularly from aggressive data center providers like Equinix, which has been on an equally ambitious expansion path.
Providing connectivity to data centers has become a lucrative business for CenturyLink and the firm's executives have said they believe it is a growth driver for the company.
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