CenturyLink expands its E-Services portfolio for enterprises

23 May 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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CenturyLink has added multipoint-to-multipoint capabilities to its Ethernet E-Services portfolio to support the demands of enterprises.

The expanded offering allows enterprises to simplify bandwidth needs and create seamless, multinational Wide Area Networks to reduce costs and complexity.

“Our global Ethernet Services platform delivers flexibility, simplicity and scalability so customers can design their network to meet their needs today and in the future,” said Chris McReynolds (pictured), vice president of core network services, at CenturyLink. “The reliability of Ethernet and customization driven by our mature SDN platform provides a strong foundation for adaptive networking, hybrid IT and cloud connectivity.”

E-LAN enhances CenturyLink’s E-Services that delivers point-to-point, point-to multi-point and multi-point network configurations. The services are MEF CE 2.0-certified and available in approximately 300 markets for on-net and off-net retail and wholesale customers.

“CenturyLink’s expanded Ethernet Services portfolio provides enhanced connectivity for enterprise customers and shows the company’s continued commitment to delivering comprehensive advanced network services to global markets,” added Brian Washburn, industry analyst and practice leader of network transformation & cloud at Ovum.

In addition, E-LAN can be used to connect multiple locations across Ethernet-enabled markets globally, regionally or in a single metro location. It uses Software-Defined Network (SDN) capable network components and can be configured with CenturyLink Cloud Connect Dynamic Connections, Dynamic Capacity and Enhanced Management solutions, allowing enterprise networks to respond to business-specific connection needs in real time. E-LAN also supports single and multi-Class of Service (CoS) options for flexibility of network design to help support the demands of a customer’s data applications.

Earlier this month it was reported that CenturyLink is looking for a buyer for its whole consumer business. Neel Dev, who took over as CFO in November 2018, told the JP Morgan Global Technology, Media and Communications conference yesterday that consumers make up “less than a quarter of the business” and the company is considering whether to sell.