ANALYSIS: Level 3 reveals network expansion across EMEA

29 July 2014 | Kavit Majithia


Level 3 Communications is embarking on a network expansion project across Western Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe, Capacity can exclusively reveal.

The company said it was focussing largely on its enterprise customers in key European markets, with the view of implementing VPN and Ethernet nodes in cities not covered by its existing footprint.

The network expansion will be deployed across the wider EMEA region, and is designed to provide connectivity to its global customers. The move includes increasing density through adding more Ethernet and TDM local access nodes to buildings connected in the cities.

Level 3, which last month struck a deal to acquire tw telecom in the US, is making an aggressive play across EMEA as it stakes further claims to become established as a truly global company.

Tim Passingham, SVP enterprise business, EMEA at Level 3, said the network expansion across the region is designed to make Level 3 a more effective competitor, with EMEA central to its global network strategy.

“Our network expansion plans to markets such as Budapest, Turkey and South Africa reflects strong growth opportunity driven by demand for internet and communications services in those markets,” he said. “It also shows increasing needs from our enterprise customers headquartered in Western Europe and globally to connect into these growth markets.”

Level 3 added that it is expanding network depth and breadth across new and existing markets. This includes cities in Western Europe, such as Marseille, Lyon, Cologne and Hannover; Dubai and Istanbul in the Middle East; African markets such as Nairobi, Cape Town and Johannesburg; and parts of Eastern Europe, such as Moscow, Bucharest, Sofia, Zagreb, Budapest and Warsaw.