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Press Release -- February 20th, 2017
Source: CenturyLink

CenturyLink awarded 2016 BizConnect Carrier Managed Services Partner of the Year by Ciena

MONROE, La., Feb. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) has been named the 2016 BizConnect Carrier Managed Services Partner of the Year by Ciena® in recognition of CenturyLink’s significant growth and innovation in managed services across several verticals, including healthcare, financial services, and federal, state and local government. CenturyLink deploys Ciena equipment to deliver wave and Ethernet services to enterprise customers.

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“CenturyLink is honored to be recognized by Ciena for delivering low latency, highly available, reliable network services to many of the largest enterprise customers in the world,” said Bill Corbin, senior vice president, strategic partnerships and channel operations, CenturyLink. “As one of Ciena’s diamond level partners, we are providing the right combination of services to help enterprise customers grow and achieve success in today’s digital world.”

Ciena also recognized CenturyLink for having more than 75 employees receive carrier Ethernet and optical industry certifications through Ciena’s BizConnect partner program. Additionally, CenturyLink was recognized for growing its customer premises equipment (CPE) business, especially with its government and education customers.

“CenturyLink is a strong BizConnect partner and has consistently met all of our compliance program requirements which include robust business planning, training and go-to-market strategy execution,” said Jason Phipps, general manager and vice president,North America, Ciena. “Additionally, the company’s innovative approach and thorough testing of new services ensures they are prepared to meet the evolving needs of today’s enterprises and provide a path for continued success in the managed services space.”

CenturyLink is taking a leadership role in creating an end-to-end network platform with SDN and NFV capabilities, and is developing virtual network services based on Ciena’s Blue Planet software and carrier Ethernet hardware solutions.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.

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