Level 3 (Nasdaq: LVLT) is an international communications and information services company and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado. The company operates one of the largest communications and Internet backbones in the world.
Level 3 is one of the largest providers of wholesale dial-up service to ISPs in North America and is the primary provider of Internet connectivity for millions of broadband subscribers through its cable and DSL partners.
The world’s largest telecom carriers all continue to use Level 3 services, as do the 10 largest U.S. Internet Service Providers, and the 10 largest European telecom carriers.
The company offers a wide range of communications services over its approximately 23,000 mile broadband fiber optic network including Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport, colocation services, and patented Softswitch-based managed modem and voice services. Services offered under the “Level 3 Communications” brand include:
• Internet access services
• Managed modem dial-up services
• Broadband transport
• IP-centric voice services
• Private packet-switched services
• DSL Aggregation
• Metropolitan and intercity dark fiber
Based on the amount of Internet traffic on Level 3’s IP backbone, Level 3 is among the largest Internet carriers in the world. Through Level 3’s dial-up ISP customers, the company’s dial-up infrastructure is accessible to approximately 90% of the U.S. population. When a typical Internet user at home dials the Internet using a modem in the U.S., there is better than a one-in-three chance that their call is being completed within a Level 3 data center.