the company acquired tw telecom inc. Business Strategy The company’s business strategy includes improving the value of its network for its customers by expanding the breadth and depth of its local to global network, and connecting its customers to their digital ecosystem of data and applications; delivering an exceptional and consistent customer experience by innovating to improve the efficiency and scalability of its operating platform; and expanding its enterprise customer base and layering value-added services onto existing network and operational capabilities. The company’s strategy is to deploy network infrastructure in major metropolitan areas and to link these networks with significant intercity and trans-oceanic networks in North America, Europe, and Latin America. Patent Portfolio The company had approximately 1,000 patents and patent applications in the United States and internationally as of December 31, 2014. Regulation The company has obtained the Federal Communications Commission approval to land its transoceanic cables in the United States. It also has obtained the Federal Communications Commission authorization to provide international services on a facilities and resale basis, as well as through various wireless licenses. Competition The company’s major competitors for its IP and data services include Verizon, AT&T, XO, NTT, Tata, and Cogent in North America; and BT, Orange, TeliaSonera, and Telefonica in Europe. In Latin America, the company’s major competitors are Telefonica, Telmex, and others. For transport and fiber services, the company’s major competitors in North America are other facilities based communications companies, including AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, Zayo, and XO. In Europe, its major competitors are other carriers, such as PTT companies, BT, Orange, Cable & Wireless, TeliaSonera, Colt, Interoute, KPN, and Belgacom. In Latin America, the company’s major competitors are Telefonica, Telmex, and others. For voice services, the company’s major competitors are other providers of communications services, including AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, and others. For the company’s colocation and datacenter services, its major competitors are Equinix, Terremark (Verizon), and CoreSite in North America; and Equinix, Global Switch, InterXion, Telecity, and Telehouse Europe in Europe. In Latin America, the company’s major competitors include Telefonica, Telmex, and IBM. For CDN services, the company’s major competitors include Akamai Technologies and Limelight Networks. In the enterprise and government markets, the company’s major competitors in North America include AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, and XO. In Europe, they include BT, Cable & Wireless (Vodafone), Deutsche Telekom, and Orange. In Latin America, competitors include Telefonica and Telmex. History Level 3 Communications, Inc. was founded in 1884.
level 3 communications inc
1025 Eldorado Boulevard
Broomfield, CO 80021
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