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Cable Technology Feature Article

April 28, 2009

Level 3 Establishes Reseller Agreement with IPtimize

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Level 3 Communications, Inc., has established a reseller agreement with IPtimize, Inc. to expand its network service offering to local cable operators.

Thanks to the agreement, IPtimize would now be able to offer wholesale voice, data and Internet services in rural communities targeted for broadband access.

According to Level 3 officials, IPtimize will access the company’s network at transmission sites along the 42,000 route miles that span North America.

Officials were of the view that Access to the company’s network outside major metropolitan markets enables IPtimize to offer an expanded portfolio of network services to local cable operators.

"Rural access to the Level 3 network opens new opportunities for IPtimize to bridge the gap between local cable companies and nationwide communications networks," said Mitch Garlock, vice president of global sales for IPtimize, in a statement.

Garlock said that the Level 3 network offers an advantage in breaking down barriers to broadband access and improving competition, particularly in un-served or underserved communities."

"Together, Level 3 and IPtimize can deliver high-quality communications services to customers in more remote locations," said Andrew Crouch, president of Level 3's Wholesale Markets Group.

Crouch said that greater cooperation is changing the game in terms of improved access and competition in rural markets - a key priority to expand broadband nationwide.

Level 3 Communications (News - Alert), Inc. is a provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network.

Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice.

Recently, Level 3 Communications had announced that it is advancing its relationship with Adobe Systems and currently is evaluating and deploying the latest Adobe Flash Media Server software.

The two companies have been working closely together with customers to evaluate Adobe's dynamic streaming solutions in conjunction with the Level 3 Content Delivery Network (CDN).

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard