CenturyLink drops new E-LAN service into its Ethernet lineup

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CenturyLink adds an E-LAN multipoint-to-multipoint service to its Ethernet portfolio. (FierceTelecom)

CenturyLink is leveraging its SDN platform to offer a new multipoint Ethernet service across its global footprint.

The new E-LAN service adds multipoint-to-multipoint capabilities to CenturyLink's Ethernet E-Services portfolio to help enterprises simplify their bandwidth needs and create multinational wide area networks to reduce cost and complexity.

The E-LAN service is part of CenturyLink's E-Services that provide point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and multipoint configurations for enterprises. Those services, some of which came over in the Level 3 deal, are MEF 2.0 certified and are available in close to 300 markets for on-net and off-net retail and wholesale customers.

"Our global Ethernet Services platform delivers flexibility, simplicity and scalability so customers can design their network to meet their needs today and in the future," said CenturyLink's Chris McReynolds, vice president of core network services, in a statement. "The reliability of Ethernet and customization driven by our mature SDN platform provides a strong foundation for adaptive networking, hybrid IT and cloud connectivity."

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By tapping into SDN, CenturyLink can connect multiple locations across Ethernet-enabled markets globally, regionally or in a single metro location. The services are configured with CenturyLink Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections, Dynamic Capacity and Enhanced Management solutions, which allows enterprises to respond to business-specific connections in real time.

E-LAN also supports single and multi-Class of Service (CoS) options for flexibility of network design to help support the demands of customers' data applications.

The connections are made across a dedicated, private network while bandwidth options, which are available with adaptive network controls, run from 2 Mbps to 6 Gbps.

The E-LAN service is now available across Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. CenturyLink's network capabilities span approximately 450,000 global route miles of fiber, with services in more than 60 countries and more than 150,000 on-net buildings, including connectivity to more than 2,200 public and private data centers across the globe.

CenturyLink competes against AT&T, Verizon and Comcast, among others, in the U.S. Ethernet market and against Orange Business Services and Colt Technology Services globally.