CenturyLink expands European fibre network


CenturyLink has revealed details of its fibre network expansion in Europe, which includes building new metro networks in Madrid and Marseille, whilst connecting an additional 90 data centres to its network.

Today's news builds on CenturyLink's announcement earlier this year that it is creating an extensive 4.7 million-fibre mile intercity fibre network across the US and parts of Europe.

To further power digital business growth in Europe, CenturyLink is also connecting an additional 90 data centres to its network in six core markets. These strategic expansions, in key hubs of business and commerce in Europe, will deliver high-speed connectivity and advanced technology solutions through CenturyLink's global network, which has approximately 450,000 route-miles of fibre, over 2,200 public and private data centre connections and over 150,000 on-net, fibre-fed enterprise buildings.

"Our new fibre expansions in Europe take CenturyLink's network and technology services deeper and closer to our customers," said Richard Warley, regional president for EMEA at CenturyLink. In Europe, CenturyLink connects to over 400 public and private data centres and more than 2,000 on-net, fibre-fed enterprise buildings.

Warley added: "This puts us where we need to be to meet their growing and evolving digital business needs, as well as enhance their customer experience with new technology solutions. This regional investment reflects CenturyLink's global focus to continue enhancing our significant fibre network for fuelling innovation."

Metro Networks

In Madrid, CenturyLink has built a metro network footprint of 40 route miles, creating a ring that spans major business districts, including the city centre, financial areas, and Madrid's Silicon Alley. The infrastructure will connect key enterprise buildings and an initial five core data centres to CenturyLink for providing fast, secure networking solutions.

CenturyLink's expansion in Marseille, one of Europe's largest digital gateways, enhances its ability to deliver both local and international connectivity services. The company built out a dense metro fibre footprint, creating a ring that spans major business districts, including multiple enterprise buildings and, initially, three core data centres. The infrastructure will connect key landing stations in Marseille, which will provide access to strategic subsea cables connecting to the Middle East, the Far East and East Africa. This network foundation will provide enterprise and wholesale customers with direct access to localised transport and IP services in Marseille and route diversity options that maximise network availability and minimize latency.

Data Centres

CenturyLink is connecting 90 additional data centres to its network within the UK and Ireland, Benelux, DACH, Nordics, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe. These facilities will be equipped to offer a mix of virtual network services and applications, as well as deliver high-performance connections to leading private and public cloud service providers, including: AWS, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure.

The network connection of 50 data centres is expected to be completed by the end of 2019, whilst the additional 40 data centres are expected to be network-connected by mid-2020.

CenturyLink has recently announced that it is set to deliver a new content delivery network (CDN) platform that allows businesses to create highly-responsive and more secure personalised web applications.