One of world’s largest food companies relies on Level 3 to connect 77 locations
SAO PAULO,March 5, 2012/PRNewswire/ –Level 3 Communications, Inc.(NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that BRF Brasil Foods, one of the largest food companies in the world, will use Level 3’s Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) solution to enable the seamless exchange of large volumes of information through integrated voice and data services. This will allow the company’s 115,000 employees — from those on the farms to those in distribution centers and corporate offices — to access all of the company’s communications resources. The service is offered via satellite and will be delivered to 77 of the company’s locations throughout Brazil. Level 3 extends the reach of its fiber-based terrestrial network with satellite services where terrestrial infrastructure is sparse because of South America’s rugged terrain.
Level 3’s IP VPN solution will meet the demands of specific locations, such as Alegrete and Bage, Rio Grande do Sul; Bom Conselho in Pernambuco; Cristina, Bicas and Raul Soares in Minas Gerais; Feira de Santana, Bahia; Ananindeaua and Maraba in Para; Nova Marilandia inMato Grosso; and Aparecida deGoianiainGoiania.
“Level 3 has demonstrated dedication and commitment in its service implementation, meeting all deadlines and allowing us to stay focused on our primary job,” saidCurt Zimmerman, chief information officer at BRF Brasil Foods.
“Level 3’s IP VPN services simplify the network experience with a focus on business objectives,” saidMarcos Malfatti, senior vice president of Sales at Level 3 in Brazil. “These services provide the highest performance and versatility available today, with the global reach, reliability and network security to help BRF Brasil Foods meet its goals.”
About BRF Brasil Foods
BRF Brasil Foods is one of the largest food companies in the world. With established brands such as Perdigao,Sadia, Batavo and Elege and a portfolio of more than 3,000 items, the company operates in the segments of poultry, pork and beef, processed meat, margarine and pasta, and is also one of the main dairy processors in the country. BRF is also the third largest Brazilian exporter and the largest chicken exporter in the world with a 20% share of the world trade, and accounts for 9% of the world exports of animal protein. The company is also one of the largest employers in the country with 115,000 employees. It has 60 plants inBrazil and three abroad (Argentina,United Kingdom andThe Netherlands). Its products arrive daily at the table of millions of Brazilian consumers and at the 140 countries to which the company exports. Listed on theSao Paulo Stock Exchange (Bovespa), BRF is part of the New Market segment, which brings together companies that follow the highest standards of corporate governance. Moreover, it is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a premier global provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers’ growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. For more information, visit www.level3.com.
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