Last week I posted a summary of where Level 3's enterprise footprint is concentrated, this week it is the wholesale footprint - again gleaned from the new Level 3 interactive map. From their breakdown, I count as their wholesale footprint all wireless switching centers, neutral colocations, carrier hotels, and local central offices. This is the more traditional Level 3 footprint and the one they know best.
I have grouped some markets into their Metropolitan Statistical Areas as defined by the US Census Bureau - for example for New York I include White Plains, Central New Jersey, and Princeton. Why? Because it is easier to compare things on a common basis, just in case I can get similar data from other sources at some point. And actually, it turned out to be easier to do that than I thought initially. So without further ado, here are the top 20 LVLT wholesale markets:
You can see that this is a much more obvious list than it was for the Enterprise business. The biggest internet hubs are their strongest markets. In fact, the only three on this list which seem higher than I expected are Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Louisville, which were all large Telcove markets. The presence of 4 Florida markets in the top 20 is of course a result of the combined Level 3, Progress, and Telcove footprints there - each of which was substantial.
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