CenturyLink, Comcast Business win large-scale networking contract with state of Pennsylvania

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Partnering with Comcast Business will give CenturyLink more last-mile connectivity options to address multisite agency service needs.

CenturyLink won a five-year contract with the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide various data networking services to the state’s agencies, commissions, councils, bureaus, authorities and boards in collaboration with Comcast Business.

Partnering with Comcast Business will give CenturyLink more last-mile connectivity options to address multisite agency service needs.

This is another phase in service delivery associated with the contract award announced in September. Under the terms of the agreement, a full suite of data networking products and services will be made available to the state’s agencies, including a mix of wireline data and wireless services such as broadband, cellular access, Ethernet, microwave data, MPLS/IP VPN, and managed services.

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"Our collaboration with CenturyLink allows us to offer additional fiber, coax and wireless solutions so the commonwealth's agencies, commissions, councils, bureaus, authorities and boards have the critical last mile of connectivity,” said Steve Hackley, SVP of Comcast Business Services for the northeast division, in a release.

In 2015, Level 3, now CenturyLink, was awarded a contract by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to expand its current Master IT Services Invitation to Qualify program contract to include security, network and telecommunications services.

Later in August 2017, Level 3 was awarded a contract by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to provide Enterprise Network Services with a term of five years and a contract value of $79 million.

CenturyLink and Comcast Business working collaboratively makes sense given each service provider's network footprintin Pennsylvania and nationwide.

Within Pennsylvania, CenturyLink operates more than 7,700 fiber route miles, with more than 2,200 on-net buildings. By acquiring Level 3, CenturyLink immediately deepened its on-net and metro fiber footprints. Comcast Business provides more than 600 data center connections, four Network Operations Centers available 24/7/365, and over 150,000 fiber route miles in its national network.