Level 3 adds downloads, caching to service offerings

Level 3 Communications’ Content Markets Group today announced it is launching caching and downloading services as a part of its comprehensive content delivery platform. Level 3 has invested to enhance its content delivery architecture since acquiring key intellectual property and content delivery assets earlier this year. The new architecture enables customers to tap into large-scale server clusters deployed to leverage the scale and reach of the Level 3 backbone, one of the largest in the United States and in Europe.

“Level 3 has been a trusted network partner for AOL for some time,” said Balan Nair, chief technology officer of AOL. “We have relied on Level 3’s network and services to enable the delivery of our content and services to end users. We are very pleased that Level 3 continues to develop its content delivery platform and believe that caching and downloading services are logical extensions of Level 3’s network services portfolio. We believe that Level 3’s content delivery solutions will enable AOL to scale with growing demand and meet the performance expectations of our AOL community of users.”

“We are very pleased to be supporting AOL’s ongoing efforts to provide a superior end-user experience,” said Brady Rafuse, president of Level 3’s Content Markets Group. “The addition of caching and downloading services to Level 3’s comprehensive content delivery platform enhances our ability to address the growing demand from customers who need to deliver high-quality video and digital media to Internet end users. Level 3 now offers the key elements that customers need to deliver content from creation to consumption, and we believe our customers will benefit from the increased performance and improved economics that a single, trusted content delivery platform can provide.”

Level 3’s caching and downloading services provide customers greater flexibility in architecting content delivery solutions and give them much needed control over how their content is distributed. Today Level 3 customers can purchase caching and downloading functionality with patented routing technology, Level 3’s Intelligent Traffic Manager, to give them the flexibility to balance traffic across their networks with ease and reliability.

Level 3 offers a broad portfolio of services that give customers the full range of options they need to address growth and changing network demands. Additionally, Level 3’s content delivery platform enables customers to distribute the money they spend on content delivery based on specific requirements, with the ability to easily shift that spend as demands in their businesses change over time.
Level 3’s content delivery platform enables the acquisition and distribution of digital content from a wide variety of applications, from broadcasting live events in HD to distributing user-generated content. Major television networks, top advertising agencies, eight of the top 10 most visited U.S. Web sites, top movie studios, and many of the biggest social networking sites all trust Level 3 with their business.

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