CenturyLink expands network presence in Miami

14 June 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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CenturyLink has made a significant investment into the expansion of its network in South Florida.

Based in Miami, the new facility will help the company serve the accelerating demand for enterprise services in Latin America, as well as businesses in South Florida.

"CenturyLink is committed to providing our business and government customers with world-class network and technology services. This expansion enables us to grow our capabilities in South Florida and Latin America and position our customers at the vanguard of the digital transformation age," said Andre Rodriguez, general manager for the South Florida market at CenturyLink. "The new gateway will also support the evolution and simplification of CenturyLink's product portfolio as well as our vision to become our customers' trusted connection to the networked world."  

The expansion includes a new network gateway that will manage the flow of Internet and data traffic on CenturyLink’s global network and data centre. Combined, they will help drive agility for South Florida and Latin American customers for the near future.

Housed in a 98,000sqft building, the gateway will be base in a 500-year flood zone and sitting on one of the highest points in the city. It is also located one mile from a network access point and will connect to three long-haul fibre routes.

Additionally the gateway will connect to nearby cable landing stations, giving onward connection to international communication systems as well as a large colocation facility that serves Latin America.

Initial design began in May, shortly after the purchase of the property, and construction is anticipated to begin in September. CenturyLink expects to begin moving infrastructure into the building in summer 2020.

Earlier this week, CenturyLink launched its SD-WAN solution for enterprises throughout Latin America. The CenturyLink SD-WAN gives customers the ability to create safe private networks over a combination of public and private infrastructure, with site-to-site encryption.