Level 3 Named Official Technology Provider for USA Pro Challenge

Level 3 Communications announced it is an official technology provider for the USA Pro Challenge, the most physically demanding professional cycling race in North America. Level 3 will provide a suite of content delivery network (CDN) and Vyvx Solutions services, known as Level 3’s Internet Broadcast Elements, to deliver coverage of the seven-stage, Colorado-based race to countries across the globe.

In 2011, the Pro Challenge drew in more than one million spectators throughout the week-long event, making it the largest spectator event in Colorado history. This year, Level 3 will help race fans around the world view the 683-mile event, by providing live broadcasts, as well as live and on demand video streaming services.

“Level 3 is a trusted leader in delivering some of the most high-profile events in the world,” said Shawn Hunter, CEO of the USA Pro Challenge. “By utilizing Level 3’s network, flexibility and performance we can give fans of the Pro Challenge access to one of the most exciting cycling events held all year.”

“As a Colorado-based company, Level 3 is honored to support this premier cycling event held in our own backyard,” said Jeff Storey, president and COO at Level 3. “Our global, all-IP fiber network, combined with our extensive experience in delivering high-profile live events, ensures that fans from all over the world will have a front-row seat to one of the most widely anticipated sporting events of the summer.”

Featuring 128 of the world’s best riders, the Pro Challenge kicks off on Aug. 20 in Durango, CO, and culminates Aug. 26 in Denver.

Level 3’s Internet Broadcast Elements combine the power of Level 3’s Vyvx Video Broadcast Solutions with encoding and CDN services to provide a comprehensive platform for the seamless delivery of high-quality video online, joining traditional broadcast and online content distribution in a highly scalable, redundant, and cost-effective way.

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