COMPANY PRESS RELEASE: Level 3 Communications has announced it has signed multiple agreements to provide Cox Communications with broadband infrastructure services that support the company’s 779,000 residential and business high-speed Internet customers.
The agreements enable Cox to provide high-speed Internet services over its own nationwide Internet Protocol (IP) network.
Under the terms of the agreements, Cox has purchased (3)CrossRoads Internet access and (3)Center Colocation service in five major U.S. markets to connect its subscribers to the public Internet, other networks and content providers. Cox also is using Level 3’s OC-48 (3)Link Private Line and metropolitan dark fiber services to connect its regional data centers and metropolitan fiber-optic networks to the Level 3 network.
We’re pleased that Cox Communications has chosen to use many of Level 3’s broadband services to support the creation of its own high-speed network, and look forward to immediately helping the company serve its customers in North America, said Neil Hobbs, group vice president for Level 3. We believe our network, provisioning and operational capabilities are unsurpassed in the industry, and give us a strong competitive advantage in meeting the needs of companies like Cox.
We chose Level 3 primarily because of its network quality and provisioning capabilities, said Scott Hatfield, chief information officer for Cox Communications. We were very impressed with Level 3’s ability to turn up the services very quickly at a time when our need was great. Level 3 was able to activate more than 10 gigabits of Internet access in less than a week at interface speeds up to 2.5 gigabits per second. As a result, we’re now able to offer services over our own high-speed nationwide IP network.
Level 3’s scalable, multi-conduit network infrastructure provides the building blocks that enable our customers to design and manage their own high-speed networks, while taking advantage of the technology and cost advantages Level 3 is uniquely positioned to offer our customers, added Hobbs.
Level 3 consulted with us for more than six months on a contingency plan we prepared as we were exploring the possibility of designing our own network infrastructure, said Stephen J Naidyhorski, senior network engineer for Cox Communications. We were impressed with Level 3’s flexibility and responsiveness during this process, and their ability to quickly activate our new broadband backbone once we made the decision to design our own network.