Global telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications, Inc., increased capacity on its fiber-optic network in Southern Brazil, from Porto Alegre (RS) to Curitiba (PR), providing higher availability, lower latency and higher resiliency to the regional structure throughout Southern Brazil. The expansion provides customers with access to Level 3's enhanced network capabilities and portfolio of data, security, video, voice and unified communications solutions to support today's emerging technologies. Through this expansion, customers will benefit from cost-effective, alternative options to route traffic and connect between the south of Brazil and other business centers around the globe.
The network expansion will help customers respond to the growing demand for larger Internet capacity for voice, video and data to meet end-user expectations.
Level 3's global IP backbone capacity is more than 42 Terabits per second (Tbps).
According to Cisco's Visual Networking Index, Global IP traffic has increased more than fivefold in the past 5 years, and will increase nearly threefold over the next 5 years. IP traffic in Latin America will reach 12.9 exabytes per month by 2019.
The additional 250 Gbps of capacity between Porto Alegre and Curitiba enables lower latency and increased redundancy and route diversity for the region.
Several cities will benefit from this improvement including Lajeado, Bento Gonçalves and Vacaria in Rio Grande do Sul, as well as the regions of Lages in Santa Catarina and Mafra in Paraná.
About Level 3's Network:
Level 3 operates a global network that reaches more than 500 markets and 60 countries.
Level 3's network consists of more than 330,000 km of fiber globally, with more than 175,000 km of intercity fiber, more than 53,000 km of undersea cables and more than 102,000 km of metro networks.
Level 3' s network in Brazil goes from Porto Alegre to Fortaleza, hitting different cities and regions such as Vale do Itajaí, Curitiba, Londrina, São Paulo, Campinas, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte, Brasília, Salvador, Recife andFortaleza.
Marcos Malfatti, Senior VP and Executive Director for Level 3 Brazil
"We believe the lure of faster and more secure Internet traffic will act as an additional growth incentive for businesses in the region as more enterprises benefit from our network investment. Companies are tapping into bandwidth-heavy content such as HD video, image-filled Web pages and streamed music to meet their customers' needs. The right infrastructure -- with flexible capacity and redundancy – will be key for a smooth and fast delivery of content."