In a release today, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) announced that it is expanding its enterprise offerings into Germany, bringing its full portfolio to bear for the first time on the mainland. The offensive also includes a full scale marketing effort and a specialized sales organization on the ground to back it up.
If there’s one unfilled checkbox in the Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) game plan following the Global Crossing merger, it is the lack of a substantial enterprise business in continental Europe. In the US, Latin America, and the UK they have a combined longhaul/metro fiber footprint and a wholesale/enterprise mix, but across the English channel the story has historically been mostly wholesale. They seem ready now to change that.
Germany is just the first step, and a logical one because it is where Level 3 has the most metro assets, with rings in the five major cities of Berlin, Hamburg, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, and Munich. Only in the UK do they have greater metro depth, which comes of course from GCUK. Level 3 expects to further expand its continental European business to its other markets, especially no doubt the other places it has a metro presence: Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris, and according to their network map these days, Madrid.
The question is, will they also turn their eye toward additional metro buildout in the other major European cities where they still only have a mere PoP? One thing at a time I guess.
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