Level 3 Communications
|Traded as||NYSE: LVLT|
|Headquarters||Broomfield, Colorado, USA|
|Key people||Jeff Storey (CEO)
Sunit Patel (CFO)
|Products||Mobile telephony, Internet services, Content delivery|
|Traffic Levels||3 Tbps+|
It operates a Tier 1 network. The company provides core transport, IP, voice, video, and content delivery for most of the medium to large Internet carriers in North America, Latin America, Europe, and selected cities in Asia. Level 3 is also the largest competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) in the United States.
1985 to 2010
In 1985 Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc created a subsidiary named Kiewit Diversified Group to manage the corporation's business that were not related to construction. The division was spun off as a separate entity and changed its name to Level 3 Communications in 1998 to signify an increased focus on communication services. That same year saw it make an IPO on NASDAQ. It continued to build its telecommunications network after going public.
In 2003 the company acquired Genuity, and, between 2005 and 2007, it purchased several other companies including former rivals WilTel Communications, Broadwing Corporation, Looking Glass Networks, Progress Telecom, and Telcove (formerly Adelphia Business Systems).
In 2004 Level 3 acquired ICG Communications' wholesale dial-up business for $35 million. Then, in 2006, Level 3 purchased the rest of ICG Communications for $163 million, taking over ICG's fiber network and nationwide Points of Presence (PoPs). It then focused on integrating those acquired companies through 2010.
2010 to present
On April 11, 2011, Level 3 announced a tender offer had been made to acquire fellow Tier 1 provider Global Crossing in an all-stock transaction. On August 5, 2011, Level 3's purchase of Global Crossing was separately approved by shareholders of both companies. On October 4, 2011, the purchase was completed. On October 20, 2011, Level 3 Communications completed a reverse stock split and transferred its stock listing from NASDAQ to the New York Stock Exchange.
On May 14, 2012, Level 3 was selected by European content provider Voxility to provide more than 250 Gbit/s to Voxility's three major datacenters in North America and Europe.
On May 7, 2012, the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) contracted Level 3 to provide dedicated fiber-cable operations and maintenance support, and IP-based infrastructure under a ten-year, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a maximum value of approximately $410.8 million.
Level 3 Communications operates a large network of the Internet. This includes the continental United States, South America, Western Europe, and select cities in Asia. It uses transatlantic cables, including Yellow/AC-2, on which it owned and operated two of the four fiber pairs after the 2001 Viatel bankruptcy. Level 3 Communications has also purchased 300 Gbit/s of capacity on the Apollo cable system.
It is the current owner of AS1 (following the acquisition of Genuity, that was the BBN Technologies Spin off for their Internet Service Provider assets, including this AS), but it operationally uses AS3356, which as of 2007[update] consistently has one of the highest ranked connectivity degrees on the Internet. It also operates the former Global Crossing network (AS3549) following the company acquisition in 2011.
Level 3 distributes and sells its services through a mix of six independent sales channels: large enterprise, wholesale, federal, content and media, midmarket, and indirect. All six sales channels report to the president of sales Andrew Crouch. The top performing Level 3 indirect sales agencies in 2010 include Intelisys, Microcorp, CDW/AVANT Communications, PlanetOne, Advantage Communications Group, Telarus, and Presidio.
On February 5, 2014, Level 3 reported reported total revenue of $1.602 billion for the fourth quarter 2013, compared to $1.614 billion for the fourth quarter 2012. For the full year 2013, total revenue was $6.313 billion, compared to $6.376 billion for the full year 2012.  As of the release of the 4th Quarter and Full Year earnings, Internet market publication The Street was recommending a "Hold" for Level 3 stock. 
In July 2013 Level 3 was accused of wiretapping data on the German Internet Exchange Point DE-CIX for the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), and a few months later, was accused of tapping connections between Google and Yahoo data centers. 
- About Level 3 Level 3 Communications Official Site
- "Level 3 Company Profile". Telecom Industry News. Retrieved 20 March 2012.
- Company History: A Network Built to Support the Silicon Economics Cycle Level 3 Communications Official Site
- Theregister.co.uk "Level 3 pays $3bn for Global Crossing". Apr 11, 2011. Retrieved Oct 21, 2011.
- Leena Rao, publication. "Level 3 To Acquire Global Crossing For $3 Billion In Stock." April 11, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2011.
- Anders Bylund, Daily Finance. "Level 3 Communications Plunged: What You Need to Know." Aug 8, 2011. Retrieved Aug 10, 2011.
- Denver Business Journal. "Level 3 completes reverse stock split, moves to NYSE." Oct 20, 2011. Retrieved Oct 21, 2011.
- Holverson, Austin. "European Content Provider Voxility Selects Level 3 to Provide Global High Speed IP Connectivity". Telecom Industry Updates. Retrieved 14 May 2012.
- Chugg, Justin. "U.S. Department of Defense Finalizes Selection of Level 3 for 10 year Multimillion Dollar Task Order". Telecom Industry News. Retrieved 7 May 2012.
- CDN-Advisor.com "Level 3 Named as Top Ethernet Services Provider and Awarded with Nemertes PilotHouse Award". Nov 05, 2012. Retrieved Dec 03, 2012.
- International Backhaul Map Level 3 Communications Official Site
- European Back haul Map Level 3 Communications Official Site
- Financial Services Case Study: Liquidity Express Route: An Information; Fast Track for Financial Services Level 3 Communications Official Site
- Level 3 acquires Viatel transatlantic assets
- Level 3 Communications Selects Apollo apollo-scs.com, 17th February 2008
- WHOIS: AS1
- Visualizing Internet Topology at a Macroscopic Scale January 2009, caida.org
- AS ranking caida.org
- Level 3 acquires Savvis video networkworld.com, December 26, 2006
- Level 3 revenue falls despite Netflix deal reuters.com, Wed Feb 2, 2011 9:12am EST
- Internet2 and Level 3 Communications to Deploy Next Generation Nationwide Research Network
- Henderson, Khali (30 July 2010). "Level 3 Reorganizes NA Sales". Channel Partners Online. Retrieved 30 July 2010.
- Henderson, Khali (24 March 2011). "Level 3 Names Top Partners for 2010". Channel Partners Online. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
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