Level 3's Georgia expansion challenges AT&T, adds 300 on-net buildings

Level 3 is moving to up the ante with competitors like AT&T (NYSE: T) by expanding its local fiber and on-net building footprint in Alpharetta, Ga., one of the Atlanta metro area's key technology hubs.

When the project is completed, the service provider will have 300 on-net buildings and nearly 265 metro route miles in the greater Atlanta area, enabling it to control the service quality for new and existing customers that come onto its network.

Level 3 said the Alpharetta network expansion will "provide greater route diversity and increased capacity across the market so enterprises can focus on streamlining operations and growth."

This buildout will benefit potentially 600 area businesses that are looking for business service alternatives to local telco AT&T and cable operators like Charter Communications (NASDAQ: CHTR).

AT&T remains a viable competitor to Level 3 in the Atlanta metro market. In 2013, the service provider announced via its Project VIP initiative that it would spend $675 million to bring fiber to 400 local buildings.

Two services that Level 3 will be driving with this expansion are Ethernet and VPN, both of which it can extend to other U.S. and various international locations.

When Level 3 completes its acquisition of tw telecom, the service provider will enhance its competitive standing in the Ethernet market by gaining 21,000 buildings, giving it 35,000 unique locations globally. 

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