7 / 3 / 2013
The days when Internet and data traffic in South American countries slowly wound its way through complicated cable, transit and satellite connections are a thing of the past. A lot of countries throughout South America are now networked and online with service provider Level3, enabling them to enjoy one of the world’s most advanced fiber optics platforms for the Internet with products from HUBER+SUHNER.
Online services provide customers with access to a computer network. A distinction is made between providers who do not operate their own Internet backbone, called tier 2 and tier 3 carriers, and therefore lease lines from other providers for their data traffic, and tier 1 carriers who operate their own infrastructure. Level3 is a tier 1 carrier and operates one of the world’s most advanced global fiber optics platforms for data, voice, video and Internet transmission. The network spans four continents and covers 80 per cent of international traffic, with 19 of the 20 largest global telecommunication companies renting their IP fiber optic networks (wide area networks) from Level3.
A networked South America
Level3’s fiber optics network in South America connects Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Mexico and Venezuela with the USA and the Caribbean. Level3 also operates 15 regional networks in the main cities along with the corresponding data centres. And its expansion is still continuing: “Like everywhere in the world, the demand for Internet services, e-commerce and international phone calls is huge,” says a representative of Level3. “Our network provides South American carriers with reliable communication capacity, without the need for large-scale up-front investments.”
Meet Me Room with HUBER+SUHNER
Products from HUBER+SUHNER were first installed in Level3’s data centres in Brazil in 2008. The supplier was not well known in other South American countries at the time. On the back of the successful cooperation in Brazil, however, HUBER+SUHNER has also secured business in the other South American countries in which Level3 operates. In addition to HUBER+SUHNER’s reliable fiber optics products, this success is also attributable to the company’s expertise in the field of system solutions and comprehensive,on-site training for the customer. In 2012, Level3 purchased around 1,000 different fiber optics products from HUBER+SUHNER for the ongoing development of its South American network: a project named Meet Me Room, or MMR for short. This project was launched at Level3 in Peru and has been implemented centrally at all data centres during 2012. As part of this project, Level3 installed space-saving LiSA cabinets from HUBER+SUHNER, which can house up to 2,000 fiber links within a very small footprint. These were combined with state-of-the-art MTP (multiple pole fiber connector) technology in order to save even more space. Pre-assembled cable systems and fibertrays helped to reduce installation time and therefore cost to the customer significantly.
Level3, founded in 1985, is an international provider of communication services with its headquarters in Broomfield, Colorado. It operates a large IP fiber optic network with multiple backbones and four transatlantic connections from Europe to North America. The network has a homogeneous structure, with identical equipment used at each location. Level3 is a tier 1 carrier which leases its infrastructure to other telecommunications companies.