Emerald Networks and CenturyLink Sign Agreement for Trans-Atlantic Capacity
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DUBLIN, Nov.5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Emerald Networks, a new undersea fiber optic network submarine cable system provider, announced that it has signed an agreement with CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) to purchase bandwidth capacity on its system known as "Emerald Express". The system will provide CenturyLink with additional connectivity between North America and Europe.
The Emerald Express undersea cable system will be operational by fourth quarter 2014 with connections to North America, Europe and Iceland. It utilizes next-generation capabilities to provide low-latency, coherent, digital transmission at wavelengths of 100 Gbps and beyond.
"Establishing a strong global network and expanding our trans-Atlantic capabilities is key to providing our customers with reliable connectivity on a global basis," said Pieter Poll, CenturyLink senior vice president of national and international network planning, engineering and construction. "Utilizing Emerald Networks' undersea cable system will help us to provide seamless service offerings including high-bandwidth connectivity between our Savvis data centers globally."
Dr. William C. Marra, Emerald Networks CEO, believes this agreement reinforces the continued success of Emerald Networks' undersea cable system and the urgency for more secure and reliable high-speed data connections between the United States and Europe. "We are pleased CenturyLink selected us and look forward to a long-term relationship that will deliver outstanding reach and reliability for their use," said Dr. Marra.
CenturyLinkis the third largest telecommunications company inthe United Statesand is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers.CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink PrismTV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered inMonroe, La.,CenturyLinkis anS&P500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visitwww.centurylink.com.