CenturyLink lights up Colombia to Ecuador fiber route

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CenturyLink expands its Latin American network presence with a new route between Colombia and Ecuador. (CenturyLink)

CenturyLink has activated a new fiber route linking the cities of Cali and Quito in Colombia and Ecuador, enhancing the depth of its Latin American reach garnered through its acquisition of Level 3 Communications.

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CenturyLink Ecuador-Columbia route

The new 585-kilometer route has an installed capacity of 400G and allows the enablement of transport and IP services in intermediate cities of Colombia (Popayan, Ipiales, Pasto) and Ecuador (Tulcan, Ibarra).

It also connects to the ring of alliance in Colombia and the submarine system SAC (South American Crossing), enabling an international on-net outlet for Ecuador.

By activating this network, enterprises, internet service providers, service providers and local governments will have access to upscale services. An additional benefit is the route will provide regional or global reach with the advantage of having them within a single provider with route diversity.

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Hector Alonso, regional Latin America president at CenturyLink, said in a release that the Colombia to Ecuador route enables it to address more of its business and carrier customers that need local to global network connections.

“Our expanded network offers companies in the region local network infrastructure and support together with global connectivity, creating a gateway for the exchange of information in the region and around the world,” Alonso said.

This network route builds on CenturyLink’s already wide presence in the region. CenturyLink currently has installed 26,000 kilometers of fiber throughout Latin America.

Besides long-haul fiber, the service provider’s acquisition of Level 3 enhanced its on-net fiber reach in the region. The acquisition of Level 3 increased its reach by nearly 75% to approximately 75,000, including 10,000 buildings in EMEA and Latin America.