Quito, Ecuador, May 9, 2012 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it has won a public bid to provide network management services to OCP Ecuador S.A., one of Ecuador’s two heavy crude oil pipelines. This contract builds on OCP’s long standing customer relationship with Level 3.
OCP Ecuador S.A. is a private Ecuadorian company that transports crude oil across the country to the coast, and was built solely with private funds, without any financial investment from the State.
Level 3’s global Internet Protocol (IP) platform and its fiber optic interconnection services enable OCP Ecuador to improve Internet connectivity – while reducing server down time and Internet connection costs – by providing higher speed with greater reliability and security. Compliance with HSE (Health, Safety and Environment) regulations, as well as 24x7x365 field support for all of OCP’s platforms and infrastructures, were key differentiators for Level 3. The Level 3 Network Operations Center (NOC) and OCP’s personalized Customer Care Center have helped OCP identify potential problems, avoiding interruptions to operations on several occasions.
“We feel confident at OCP that Level 3 has the global scale and the experience in managed services to handle our networking needs and meet our expectations,” said Diego Vásquez, OCP systems director. “By delivering all of these telecommunications services, Level 3 gives us the ability to focus on our core business endeavors without worry.”
OCP will use Level 3’s fiber optic urban ring and back-up satellite network infrastructure to deliver Anti-Virus Anti-Spam (AVAS) services; monitoring, support and maintenance for its microwave networks; analog and digital VHF; and Internet communications during the 36-month contract.
“Thanks to an in-depth knowledge of the customer and its critical processes, and upon understanding what OCP was looking for in this type of bid, our Ecuadorian team demonstrated that Level 3 is the best suited technological partner for OCP,” said Francisco Guzmán, Level 3’s senior vice president of Sales in Ecuador. “We’ve demonstrated to OCP that we can provide long-term support for business-critical issues, efficiently and securely.”
OCP (OLEODUCTO DE CRUDOS PESADOS) is the second oil pipeline operating in Ecuador meant for crude oil transportation only (18 degrees at 24 API). OCP extends over 485 km from the city of Nueva Loja (Lago Agrio; Sucumbíos), up to the outskirts of the city of Esmeraldas. OCP’s operations began in November 2003 and up until 2010 they carried approximately 375 million crude oil barrels, with the ability to carry a peak volume of 517,241 barrels a day and a sustained volume of 450,000 barrels.
About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and 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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