CenturyLink expands fibre network across US and Europe

24 July 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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CenturyLink has announced plans to expand its intercity network by 4.7 million miles of fibre, using its global multi-conduit infrastructure.

The news will mean that CenturyLink will have the largest ultra-low-loss fibre network in North America and comes in direct response to the growing customer demand for high capacity, low-latency data transport.

"Our newly built intercity fibre network, created with the latest optical technology, is another example of how our diverse fibre assets differentiate us from other network providers," said Andrew Dugan (pictured), chief technology officer, CenturyLink. "Our multi-conduit infrastructure has a significant amount of capacity for supporting the growing demand for fibre and will allow us to quickly and cost effectively deploy new fibre technology now and in the future. This uniquely positions CenturyLink to meet the needs of companies seeking highly reliable, low-latency network infrastructure designed to move massive amounts of data."

The first phase of the network build was completed in June and connects more than 50 major cities across the US. The second phase, due for completion in early 2021, will include areas across Europe. The expanded infrastructure will use the latest optical technologies from Corning Incorporated enhancing performance levels across CenturyLink’s network. This project uses Corning's SMF-28 ULL fibre and SMF-28® Ultra fibre in a hybrid Corning SST-UltraRibbon cable.

"A next-generation network requires next-generation optical infrastructure, and we believe Corning's fibre and cable innovations will enable CenturyLink and its customers to unlock the opportunities presented by the Internet of Things and other transformative technologies," added Dr. Bernhard Deutsch, vice president and general manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable. "With the expanded optical reach and capacity provided by our ultra-low-loss fibre, CenturyLink will magnify the capabilities of their expansive, scalable fibre network."