Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) said this morning that it has completed a major expansion of its CDN capacity globally. That Level 3 is continuing to pour resources into the fastest growing piece of its business isn’t shocking of course, but it’s nice to get some details now and then.
Level 3 has now boosted total CDN capacity above 5.6Tbps, more than 150% above the levels about 18 months ago. They have also added more nodes in far away places around the world, including Buenos Aires, Rio de Janerio, Medellin, Jeddah, Montreal, and Toronto. Additional coverage expansion is planned for Asia, Africa, and Latin America over the next few years – probably at a faster clip too since the Global Crossing assets give them a leg up with some regional infrastructure and (more importantly) existing relationships.
Ok, those last two expansion cities of Montreal and Toronto aren’t so far away, but we will probably be hearing about more Canadian activity from Level 3 from here on out. They have long chafed at the foreign ownership restrictions that were recently relaxed, as they prevented the company from taking full advantage of the intercity loop they built through the same region way back in the bubble.
Level 3’s CDN expansion also added various infrastructure support to Netflix’s expansion into Latin America and the UK/Ireland. Of course, back in the US Netflix is still trying to walk off last year’s marketing debacle, but while it may have slowed them down a bit the traffic keeps on building globally.
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