Level 3 adds network capacity in southern Europe

Level 3 Communications (Nasdaq: LVLT) sees greater potential in its European market and has activated two national intercity backbone networks in Southern Europe it says will help it scale the services it delivers in both France and Spain.

Similar to other network investments, the latest European expansion is driven by customer demand. The service provider established this national backbone by creating two new, diverse points of presence in Toulouse, France--a market that's become a hub for high-tech industry verticals such as aerospace, computers and pharmaceuticals.

Located at major traffic aggregation points in Toulouse, Level 3 created the two new Points of Presence (PoPs) by splitting one of its larger network rings, which spanned France and Spain, into two smaller rings.

By splitting the rings in two, Level 3 said it can deliver a bevy of services, including Ethernet private line (EPL) and wavelength transport services, high-speed Internet protocol (HSIP), direct Internet access (DIA) and virtual private network (VPN), as well as content and media delivery services, to customers faster, with lower latency and greater diversity.

Europe continues to be a growth engine for Level 3. Driven by ongoing demand for IP-based services, Level 3's European revenue grew 7 percent sequentially and 12 percent year-over-year in Q4 2010.

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