September 11, 2008

Level 3 Rebuilds Enterprise Data Network Architecture

Level 3 Communications's business markets group has rebuilt its enterprise data network architecture by re-launching a MPLS-based wide area network platform that enables converged service offerings.

According to Level 3, its integrated platform provides enterprises an option that enables growth, with three MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) solutions. The new architecture is claimed to enable delivery of ethernet virtual private line, virtual private LAN service and IP virtual private network (VPN) services across a single platform.

The improvements Level 3 has made to its enterprise VPN portfolio include increased interoperability, an operating environment and a unified portfolio that includes not only the integrated VPN services, but enterprise voice, dedicated internet access, ethernet access capabilities and managed services. In addition to platform and feature upgrades, Level 3 has also upgraded capabilities within its online customer portal. Customers can now enter trouble tickets, check order status and view network reporting online.

Raouf Abdel, president of Level 3's business markets group, said: "This major enhancement to our portfolio is in direct response to the demands of our enterprise customers for a simplified and flexible solution that encompasses secure private data networking, reliable access to the internet and VoIP."