Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) may be in the midst of a giant integration project, but in the past few days the focus has been more organic news. Today in particular, the company said it will be providing advanced voice services to the MicroSoft Lync Reference Architecture Project.
This is a MicroSoft initiative aimed at helping service providers take advantage of its Lync Server 2010 Multitenant Pack for Partner Hosting offering to provide UC to their customers. Level 3 will be providing its SIP trunking to the ecosystem, as well as E911, local numbers, and long distance. We don't hear as much about Level 3's VoIP services these days, but as UC starts to take over the topic seems likely to come up more frequently.
Yesterday Level 3 announced two other contracts on the international front.
In Germany, they have been selected by Smilingbits GmbH for dedicated internet access, colocation, and DDoS protection for the software services provider's customer poertal. The DDoS piece comes courtesy of their relationship with Prolexic.
And down in Sao Paolo, Level 3 announced a contract with food giant BRF Brasil Foods. They will be providing IP VPN services to 77 locations and 115,000 employees throughout Brasil via their satellite services, courtesy of the former GC Impsat assets of course. Level 3's network facilities in Brazil are of course in the main cities, while the farms and supporting infrastructure tend to be further afield.
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