centurylinkBusiness with as many as 250 Wi-Fi wielding employees could benefit from CenturyLink Business Wi-Fi, which the telecommunications company announced yesterday.

The cloud-managed platform is based on Cisco Meraki technology. “This solution provides an economical option for businesses with limited IT resources to harness the power of their Wi-Fi networks to more effectively engage with their customers and employees,” said Vernon Irvin, senior vice president, CenturyLink, in a press release. “We remain committed to empowering small and medium-size businesses by helping them securely connect to the power of the digital world.”

CenturyLink Business Wi-Fi
The service offers cloud-based real-time monitoring, analytics and what the company describes as easy management. CenturyLink promises fast deployment, simple administration and visibility into network users. Five locations of eight APs each can be established. The dashboard offers the ability to view and configure SDI authentication, segment guest traffic, secure traffic and prioritize and throttle traffic when necessary.

CenturyLink – which expects to close its acquisition of Level 3 next month — has been upgrading its business services during the past several months.

In August, the service provider announced enhancements to its private cloud service. CenturyLink Dedicated Cloud Compute (DCC) Foundation is based on VMware Cloud Foundation and high-performance HPE ProLiant servers. The goal is to give business applications the agility and simplicity of a public cloud and the predictability, security and performance of a dedicated infrastructure.

Also in August, CenturyLink announced CenturyLink Business VoIP, which is aimed at small businesses. The service offers pre-configured premium plug-and-play digital voice communications for a flat monthly rate.

In June, CenturyLink said that it made 1 Gbps service available to 32,827 businesses of all sizes in multi-tenant office buildings in Minnesota. The offering includes more than 400 MTUs in Minneapolis and 350 in St. Paul.

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