Level 3 wins SSA deal to connect data centers

The company will provide wavelength services that will connect several Social Security data centers with multiple 100 gigabits/sec solutions.

Level 3 Communications Inc. has won an award from the Social Security Administration to provide wavelength services under the General Services Administration’s Networx Enterprise contract .

The contract provides for Level 3 to connect several of SSA’s data centers via multiple 100 gigabits/sec wavelength solutions. It also contains options to expand that connectivity to additional sites in the future.


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Wavelength-division multiplexing fiber-optic technology allows transmission of multiple separate signals over a single cable. WDM services put dedicated protected wavelengths — and substantial high-bandwidth capacity — at the disposal of individual customers.

“Level 3 is optimally positioned to offer government agencies critical communication services, given the high availability of our geographically diverse optical network paths and our custom-build network solutions,” said Edward Morché, senior vice president of federal markets at Level 3.

Level 3 has about 54,000 long-haul fiber route miles and 27,000 metro fiber miles spanning 190 markets in 22 countries.

The solution it’s providing to SSA is “designed not only to be a cost-effective offering, but to also meet SSA’s stringent network performance, scale, capacity and usability requirements,” Level 3 officials said in a written statement.

The company offers a broad portfolio of telecommunications services, including voice over IP, enterprise wide-area network, metro and long-haul transport, data, collocation, and content delivery.

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