Continuing its integration of the Latin American assets of Global Crossing, Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced capacity upgrades as well as additional service deployments in Mexico. That means waves, private line, IP transit, Ethernet WAN, IP VPN, and Ethernet local access - the core of the company's portfolio - are now available south of the border to multinational customers, and others of course.
Level 3's Mexican infrastructure consists of a 3484km fiber ring connecting Monterrey, Mexico City and Mazatlan to Guadalajara, and from there to the company's Pan-American Crossing submarine cable up to California. It derives entirely from Global Crossing's assets, as Level 3 never really dabbled at all in Mexico prior to October 4.
What is still missing though, it seems to me, is a connection between Monterrey and Level 3's presence in South Texas. Two years ago, they upgraded those routes trumpeting their strategic border position. Seems like the ability to run a NYC/Mexico City wavelength service directly through Texas rather than the Pacific Ocean would have latency advantages.
The Mexican market is of course not an easy one to break into, with Carlos Slim always looming large. One step at a time though.
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