BROOMFIELD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with cable operator Knology Broadband, Inc. (NASDAQ: KNOL) to deliver scalable bandwidth services that will further enable Knology’s advanced broadband network for its enterprise and residential customers. Level 3’s national scale and resources will help West Point, Ga.-based Knology stay ahead of its customers’ rapidly growing demands for bandwidth, and provide improved reliability based on a fully redundant architecture. In addition, the arrangement will offer increased procurement simplicity and operational efficiency for Knology as it consolidates services with Level 3 as its primary provider.
“Knology’s mission is to deliver great service to their customers, and with Level 3’s advanced network services and expertise, they are better poised to accomplish that now and in the future.”
Under the new agreement – which expands on a long-term relationship between the companies – Knology will leverage the Level 3 infrastructure to support core backbone upgrades in Knology’s key markets, including Augusta and Columbus, Ga.; Panama City, Fla.; Lawrence, Kan.; and Sioux Falls, S.D. Knology will also upgrade existing services in Chicago, Atlanta, Huntsville, Ala. and Charleston, S.C.
“This new agreement with Level 3 allows for enhanced delivery of advanced video, data and voice services for our residential customers, in addition to significantly increasing our portfolio and reach for business customers,“ said Knology’s Chief Technology Officer John Treece. “As our customers’ demand for video and data continues to grow rapidly, Level 3 provides us with the required national scale and ability to adapt quickly to our customers’ increased bandwidth needs.”
“It’s a true testament to our quality of service when a longstanding customer like Knology substantially expands their relationship and consolidates their business with us as their primary network provider, especially when it involves a critical, strategic initiative like upgrading their backbone network,” said Andrew Crouch, president of Sales for Level 3. “Knology’s mission is to deliver great service to their customers, and with Level 3’s advanced network services and expertise, they are better poised to accomplish that now and in the future.”