The early part of this week has seen more forward progress from Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings), which has been blanketing the newswires since the closing of the Global Crossing deal.
Today they announced yet another win in the gaming sector overseas, this time with Abu Dhabi’s Tahadi Games. They will be providing CDN services as well as origin storage and content analytics for Tahadi’s massively multiplayer online and browser-based games. The news here though is that Level 3 will be delivering the content from its new node in Saudi Arabia. Apparently they’re taking this global thing seriously, perhaps we will be seeing them fill in the Asia/Pacific portion of the Global Crossing coverage area with some real revenue and some non-virtual assets over the next few years.
And yesterday in an equally interesting release on a very different front, Level 3 is working with 52Eighty to develop 200 new wireless towers connected to their fiber. This leverages the company’s extended on-net product, in which they break open those ILA huts along their backbone and build a tower nearby with a direct connection – sort of a Tower-to-the-Fiber approach. The new tower can then act as an aggregation point for other nearby towers and make bigger bandwidth more affordable away from the usual major metro areas. In this agreement, 52Eighty gets access rights to develop the towers within a two year period and covers the tower construction, while Level 3 deploys the optical gear and enables transport to and from it.
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