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Emerald Networks and CenturyLink Sign Agreement for Trans-Atlantic Capacity

 Emerald Networks and CenturyLink Sign Agreement for Trans-Atlantic Capacity

CenturyLink, the third largest telecommunications company in the United States
and a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions, purchases
high-bandwidth capacity on the "Emerald Express" submarine network

PR Newswire

DUBLIN, Nov. 5, 2013

DUBLIN, Nov.5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Emerald Networks, a new undersea fiber
optic network submarine cable system provider, announced that it has signed an
agreement with CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) to purchase bandwidth capacity on
its system known as "Emerald Express". The system will provide CenturyLink
with additional connectivity between North America and Europe.

The Emerald Express undersea cable system will be operational by fourth
quarter 2014 with connections to North America, Europe and Iceland. It
utilizes next-generation capabilities to provide low-latency, coherent,
digital transmission at wavelengths of 100 Gbps and beyond.

"Establishing a strong global network and expanding our trans-Atlantic
capabilities is key to providing our customers with reliable connectivity on a
global basis," said Pieter Poll, CenturyLink senior vice president of national
and international network planning, engineering and construction. "Utilizing
Emerald Networks' undersea cable system will help us to provide seamless
service offerings including high-bandwidth connectivity between our Savvis
data centers globally."

Dr. William C. Marra, Emerald Networks CEO, believes this agreement reinforces
the continued success of Emerald Networks' undersea cable system and the
urgency for more secure and reliable high-speed data connections between the
United States and Europe. "We are pleased CenturyLink selected us and look
forward to a long-term relationship that will deliver outstanding reach and
reliability for their use," said Dr. Marra.

AboutCenturyLink
CenturyLinkis the third largest telecommunications company inthe United
Statesand 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 inMonroe, La.,CenturyLinkis anS&P500
company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest
corporations. For more information, visitwww.centurylink.com. 

About Emerald Networks
Emerald Networks, is a new-build network submarine cable system that will
connect North America to Europe and Iceland with extraordinary new capacity
and will be a low-latency network across the Atlantic.Emerald Networks is an
open network architecture platform that is agnostic and enables upgrades with
various new technologies. It will be the first coherent designed system
initially running 100 G wavelengths with a unique route that links Shirley,
New York to the West Coast of Ireland with a branch connection to Grindavik,
Iceland and a future branch connection to Southern Europe. The system is
scheduled to be ready for service by 4Q 2014.

Contacts:

Stephanie Meisse
CenturyLink
419-755-8433
stephanie.n.meisse@centurylink.com

North 6th Agency, Inc. (For Emerald Networks)
212-334-9753
emerald@n6a.com 

SOURCE Emerald Networks

Website: http://www.emeraldnetworks.com
 
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