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CenturyLink expands SD-WAN platform to cover over 30 countries

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CenturyLink has expanded the reach of its software-defined wide area network service to cover more than 30 countries across Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Latin America.

CenturyLink SD-WAN leverages the benefits of private networking such as MPLS as well as public networking to include dedicated internet access, broadband and wireless connectivity.

Its network – supplemented beyond the company’s traditional US base to include Europe due to last year’s acquisition of Level 3 Communications – now connects more than 2,200 owned and third-party data centres. It also links to more than 100,000 on-net buildings.

CenturyLink’s solution includes a broad range of connectivity options such as MPLS/IP VPN, broadband aggregation, dedicated internet, 4G/LTE and/or bring your own transport. This also includes SD-WAN hosted infrastructure, software licenses and multiple rental CPE options supporting up to 10Gbps.

“With our expansion of SD-WAN globally, we provide customers a complete hybrid networking solution which helps them adapt and accelerate enterprise cloud enablement,” said Adam Saenger, vice president of networking solutions, CenturyLink. “We deliver secure, scalable and cost-efficient private-public networking across a full range of connectivity types, enabling enterprises to be more agile and decrease risk.”

“As SD-WAN adoption continues to pick up pace globally, it is highly critical for managed SD-WAN providers to have a strong global footprint as businesses look to connect internationally distributed locations,” said Roopa Honnachari, industry director, Frost & Sullivan.

“CenturyLink’s expansion of its SD-WAN capabilities worldwide enables the company to compete effectively in the global SD-WAN market. The company’s recognition by MEF with the 2017 Best SD-WAN Managed Service is further validation of CenturyLink's strengths in the market.”

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