CenturyLink extends 100G connection to its first business customer

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) made its first 100G business data service connection to DigitalGlobe, a provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions.

Through a direct connection to its 100G-capable network, DigitalGlobe will use CenturyLink's 100G Optical Wavelength Service as the foundation to deliver a product that allows its customers to get direct access to satellite mapping data.

DigitalGlobe said it would be able to transfer large amounts of data from its headquarters in Longmont, Colo., to its offsite data center, where its customers will be able to access the data remotely. 

Leveraging the telco's DWDM network, the Optical Wavelength Service is a private, point-to-point data networking service.

Besides speed, the other benefit of the service is that enterprise customers get dedicated transport connectivity without having to invest the capital to build and run their own network. Built with a redundant network design, the Optical Wavelength Service protects against unexpected failures and provides custom routing to meet diversity and disaster recovery requirements.

Pieter Poll, SVP of national and international network planning, engineering and construction for CenturyLink, said in a previous interview with FierceTelecom that they were seeing "wholesale customers and some very large enterprise and government customers looking for 100 Gig."

Being able to announce DigitalGlobe as a customer is a positive proof point that there is demand for100G network services. In March, the service provider announced that it would leverage Ciena's (Nasdaq: CIEN) 6500 Packet-Optical Network Platform (P-ONP) to support business customers.

The telco has also deployed Infinera's (Nasdaq: INFN) DTN-X platform, as well as Alcatel-Lucent's (NYSE: ALU) 100 Gbps service interfaces for its 7750 Edge Service Router series and its Ultra Long-Haul optical platform, to transport the 100 Gbps services over its network.

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