Level 3 Communications has announced it has been selected by internet and communication solutions provider, EarthLink Telecommunications -- the largest Internet Service Provider in Iraq -- to provide the secure global connectivity needed to support enterprise customers from EarthLink's Middle East location.
EarthLink's 400-plus points of presence enable its customers to communicate in its local market. Yet the company faced the challenge of an ever-increasing demand for enhanced online security and connectivity to worldwide markets, particularly from customers in key local business sectors such as the financial services and oil industries.
To meet the needs of its enterprise customers, EarthLink turned to Level 3's MPLS/IP VPN (Multiprotocol Label Switching/Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network) services to deliver the necessary secure, private connectivity.
As a direct result of EarthLink's ability to provide Level 3's services to both its wholesale and enterprise customers, the Internet provider has already signed a new contract with one of the region's major oil and gas companies.
Sarmad Hassan, Chief Executive Officer, EarthLink Telecommunications, said:
"Working with Level 3 gives us the ability to provide customers with a one-stop shop for connectivity services. We can therefore provide them with secure, robust and reliable network connectivity on a worldwide basis, while helping them to reduce costs."
Andrew Crouch, Regional President, EMEA, Level 3, added:
"As part of our mission of connecting and protecting the networked world, we deliver the services that are needed and where they are needed in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
"Working with organizations such as EarthLink, which impressed us with its local footprint, is another piece in the jigsaw in Level 3's mission of connecting different locations across the world to serve customers."