CenturyLink brings 1 Gig service to Utah's Lehi and Park City businesses

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) has deepened its 1 Gbps service presence by enabling about 1,000 select business locations in Lehi and Park City, Utah.

Leveraging its growing fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network, the 1 Gbps speeds are available to a total of 20,000 Utah-based SMB locations that reside near its fiber network backbone.

The service is now available in fiber-fed multi-tenant unit (MTU) office buildings in Lehi, Ogden, Park City, Salt Lake City, St. George and surrounding communities.

With this FTTP foundation in place, CenturyLink can layer on a host of new IP-based and cloud services that had traditionally only available to large businesses. Some of these services include its Microsoft Office offering.

Utah overall has been a key target for CenturyLink's FTTP drive. After initially rolling out its 1 Gbps service to 2,500 businesses in the Salt Lake City metro area targeting MTUs, the service provider previously told FierceTelecom it has tripled that amount over the past year.

But Utah is just one stop in its overall FTTP SMB expansion.

Over the past year, the service provider has brought 1 Gbps service to SMB customers in parts of Iowa, Idaho, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin while expanding its availability in nine of the 12 states and 16 cities where CenturyLink initially deployed service to business locations last August.

Glen Post, CEO of CenturyLink said as of the end of the second quarter it had "made fiber-based GPON available to approximately 475,000 business locations and we expect to add GPON service to another 25,000 businesses by year-end."

CenturyLink reports its third-quarter earnings on Nov.  4.

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