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European fibre network expanded by CenturyLink

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Richard Warley, regional president, EMEA, CenturyLink

Tier-one service provider, CenturyLink has built new metro networks in Madrid and Marseille, and is set to connect an additional 90 data centres to its network in six of its core markets.

In Madrid the provider 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 provide fast, secure networking solutions.

The expansion in Marseille is designed to enhance the company’s ability to deliver local and international connectivity services. CenturyLink built a dense metro fibre footprint, creating a ring that spans major business districts, including multiple enterprise buildings and, initially, three core data centres. This infrastructure will connect key landing stations in Marseille, providing access to strategic sub-sea cables connecting to the Middle East, Far East and East Africa. Enterprise and wholesale customers can expect to get direct access to localised transport and IP services in Marseille and route diversity options to maximise network availability and minimise latency.

An additional 90 data centres will also be connected to the firm’s network in the UK and Ireland, Benelux, DACH, Nordics, Southern Europe and Eastern Europe. These are expected to be completed by middle of next year.

Richard Warley, regional president, EMEA, CenturyLink commented: ‘Our new fibre expansions in Europe take CenturyLink’s network and technology services deeper and closer to our customers. 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.’

Earlier this year the company announced its intention to invest several hundreds of millions of dollars in its edge networks to help build and support edge compute services.

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