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Level 3 Communications to provide IP transit services

(Wam) / 7 June 2011

ABU DHABI — Level 3 Communications, Inc announced the expansion of its relationship with etisalat, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies.

Level 3 will provide etisalat with IP transit services and high-speed IP (HSIP) to connect etisalat to several cities in Europe and deepen the company’s connections between the Middle East and Europe.

Level 3’s services will enhance etisalat’s ability to service the rapid growth it is seeing in demand for broadband, which is being fueled by the company’s investments in next-generation mobile (LTE) and fixed-line (FTTx) infrastructure. Additionally, Level 3’s services are designed to support etisalat’s business through increased route diversity for its high-speed Internet ports.

“Level 3 will now join our other European partners helping etisalat to deliver an unsurpassed experience in terms of IP transit connectivity,” said Ali Amiri, Executive Vice President of Carrier and Wholesale at etisalat UAE. “etisalat is committed to delivering superior service to its customers through intelligent network architecture, and by expanding our work with Level 3 we’re better able to support that mission. This agreement further strengthens our position as the region’s premier Smart Hub solution provider and reinforces our ability to service our global client base.”

Level 3 has continually made investments to serve its Middle East customers, both in terms of ongoing network infrastructure expansion and by providing regionalised sales support with on-the-ground Direct Sales Partners such as the Apex Group.

“Our work with etisalat is a great example of the benefits of scalable interconnectivity across Level 3’s European network — a network that includes more than 380 POPs across the continent and supports connectivity to the Middle East and beyond,” said James Heard, president of European Markets at Level 3. “In line with our commitment to expansion, Level 3 continues to invest in its network to better serve the demands of this growing region.”


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