CenturyLink connects first business customer with 100 Gbps service

      CenturyLink connects first business customer with 100 Gbps service

New technology provides Colorado company with the highest optical network
speed available

PR Newswire

MONROE, La., Oct. 14, 2013

MONROE, La., Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) today
announced that it has launched its first dedicated 100 Gigabit per second
(Gbps) data networking circuit for a CenturyLink business customer through a
direct connection to the company's recently upgraded 100 Gbps nationwide
network.

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DigitalGlobe, a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth
observation and advanced geospatial solutions, will use CenturyLink's 100 Gbps
Optical Wavelength Service to launch a new product allowing its customers
direct access to satellite mapping data. The 100 Gbps circuit allows
DigitalGlobe to transfer massive amounts of data at lightning speed from its
headquarters in Longmont, Colo., to its offsite data center, where its
customers will be able to access the data remotely.

"This is a significant day for the industry and for the state of Colorado.
CenturyLink's deployment of commercial 100 Gbps service gives businesses
bandwidth for the big data applications they need to excel," said Scott
Russell, vice president and general manager for CenturyLink in Denver and
Northern Colorado. "Our speed and capacity upgrades provide DigitalGlobe with
an end-to-end optical network that improves efficiency and productivity.
Simply put, 100 Gbps is the best the industry can offer."

As businesses respond to the bandwidth demand driven by cloud computing,
mobile traffic, big data and video streaming, high-bandwidth technologies are
becoming necessary for businesses to operate efficiently and competitively.

"As the global leader in high-resolution geospatial mapping, DigitalGlobe has
unique connectivity demands that require advanced speed and capacity
technology like 100 Gbps. Thanks to CenturyLink's innovation, DigitalGlobe is
now utilizing the highest speed optical network connection available – plus
the added assurance of CenturyLink's reliable, secure network," said Vladimir
Aleksiev, vice president of enterprise information technology at DigitalGlobe.

CenturyLink's Optical Wavelength Service is a private, point-to-point data
networking service delivered over a state-of-the-art dense wave division
multiplexing (DWDM) network. It provides large enterprise customers with
dedicated broadband transport network connectivity without capital outlay or
the responsibility of owning and operating network infrastructure. Designed to
offer redundancy, Optical Wavelength Service protects against unexpected
failures and provides custom routing to meet unique diversity and disaster
recovery requirements.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United
States and 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® Prism™ TV and
DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500
company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest
corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.

Website: http://www.centurytel.com
Contact: Stephanie Meisse, 419-755-8433, stephanie.n.meisse@centurylink.com