First is a nice contract with the television network ABC. They will bring ABC’s Broadcast Operations Center on-net, and install its Managed Video Network Servics (MVNS) at the New York, Washington, and Los Angeles bureaus of ABC News. The offering includes video contribution and distribution, high-speed IP connectivity up to 1Gbps, and Ethernet Virtual Private Line services. ABC will use the new services to streamline how it shares both data and video between each site. Combined video and network services deals like this help validate Level 3’s content strategy.
Second is the latest installment in Level 3’s local market initiative, this time on the Gulf Coast. More specifically, the company is expanding local operations in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Jackson, and Mobile and will be investing in the expansion of its metro networks and on-net footprint. Most of these metro assets came to Level 3 from Telcove, [which derived from builds by Adelphia Business Systems back in the bubble.] which I believe in turn had picked them up from KMC. In total they start with some 300 metro route miles and I believe about 200 on-net buildings split between the four markets, with the largest concentration being in Jackson.
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