Level 3 ups its domestic switched Ethernet ante

Level 3 is responding to its business and carrier customer's ongoing demand for Ethernet by expanding the number of Ethernet switches on its U.S. network by nearly 400 percent.

In this latest phase of its Ethernet Expansion program, Level 3 hopes to achieve two goals: eliminate the need for backhauling switched metro Ethernet applications in addition to providing backhaul for Internet or voice services.  

"This expanded architecture enables Level 3 to address a significantly broader set of enterprise and wholesale customer requirements for Ethernet services," said Sureel Choksi, chief marketing officer for Level 3.

Despite seeing widened financial losses in Q4 09--an issue Level 3 attributes to the down economy--the service provider Ethernet network expansion reflects the need to keep up with increased spending by its enterprise and government customers. Proof of the slight customer spending uptick came earlier this month when the Department of State awarded Level 3 with a data networking contract under the General Service Administration's (GSA) Washington Interagency Telecommunications Services (WITS 3) contract.

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