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Telefonica Selects Level 3 for North American Network

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Level 3 Communications has expanded its relationship with Telefonica International Wholesale Services to establish a dedicated wavelength network across North America, which represents the largest single capacity commitment in Level 3 history.

Telefonica International Wholesale Services is the organization within the Telefonica Group which provides global Telecommunication services for fixed and mobile carriers, ISPs and content providers.

"Level 3 offers an innovative and comprehensive transmission network solution to support our increasing bandwidth demands in the United States," said Jose Ramon Vela, CEO of Telefonica Wholesale. "The Level 3 network provides the diversity, flexibility and scale necessary to grow with our needs and continue operating with high performance and greater efficiency across geographically diverse areas."

Under the terms of the 10-year agreement, Level 3 will transport voice, data and Internet traffic for over 250 million Telefonica customers from Europe and Latin America. The dedicated wavelength network includes triverse routes - with three alternative fiber paths - between high-traffic locations and route diversity across the remainder of the network.

Level 3 has dedicated bandwidth along each route for Telefonica to expand with future demand growth. This design offers greater scale and flexibility than a typical wavelength transaction with more route diversity at a lower operating cost than building and operating a stand alone fiber network. The solution provides many of the benefits of network ownership, while leveraging the economics and simplicity of Level 3's shared infrastructure.

"Level 3 continues to be a committed network partner for Telefonica and we are pleased to reach a new capacity milestone in delivering this solution for them," said Andrew Crouch, president of Level 3's Wholesale Markets Group. "The extensive reach of our network across North America provides the redundancy and scale necessary to support the demands of Telefonica's global communications business today and into the future."

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