BROOMFIELD, Colo., May 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Level 3 Communications, Inc. (LVLT) today announced it will support BT Conferencing in the United States under the terms of a two-year agreement. Level 3 will provide SIP Toll-Free Services over its Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) IP network, enabling BT Conferencing, a subsidiary of BT (British Telecommunications plc), to provide flexible solutions with improved reliability, security, scalability, and operational efficiency. This agreement builds upon the existing business relationship between the two companies.
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a signaling protocol widely used for controlling communication sessions such as voice and video conferencing, multimedia distribution, instant messaging, presence information, and file transfer. Level 3 SIP Toll-Free Service leverages Level 3’s Tier 1 network, and provides full-featured routing and control capabilities.
By migrating its TDM-based services onto Level 3’s end-to-end IP backbone network, BT will be able to take advantage of improved service delivery; simplified network management; network and operational expense savings; and the reliability, scalability and resilience of Level 3’s dedicated IP connections.
“We are looking forward to working with Level 3 in our ongoing commitment to provide improved services for businesses in the U.S.,” said Alan Tosh, Head of Access Management, BT Conferencing.
Level 3 has extensive global coverage, enabling competitive cost structures and new, efficient ways of managing voice traffic. BT Conferencing’s instant audio conferencing service, BT MeetMe, will benefit from Level 3’s true end-to-end IP networking with no IP-to-PSTN conversions, enhancing privacy, security and cost effectiveness.
“Level 3 and BT have enjoyed a long and fruitful relationship that is greatly enhanced by this new agreement,” said Andrew Crouch, president of Level 3’s North America Region. “We truly value our relationship with BT and appreciate its ongoing trust in our global network’s reliability and performance.”
Level 3 leverages its extensive fiber-optic network, metro assets and a locally focused sales and sales support organization to deliver world-class voice, video and data solutions to enterprise customers and service providers throughout the United States.
For more information on Level 3’s advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com.
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband and internet products and services and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of four lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Retail, BT Wholesale and Openreach.
In the year ended 31 March 2012, BT Group’s revenue was £18,897m with profit before taxation of £2,445m.
British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com
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