May 1, 2013
(NYSE: CTL) today announced it is connecting 48,000
homes and businesses with its new high-speed fiber network pilot that will deliver Internet speeds of up to one Gigabit per second (Gbps) – 100 times faster than average broadband speeds.
CenturyLink is upgrading its existing fiber architecture in west
to create a more robust network that delivers fiber optic connections directly to homes and businesses. This upgraded fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology will provide eligible customers with access to some of the fastest upload and download Internet speeds currently available in the U.S.
"CenturyLink is pleased to offer its
customers ultra-fast broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps to help keep pace with growing broadband demands," said
, CenturyLink chief operating officer. "This demonstrates our commitment to deliver communications solutions that provide our customers with the technology they need to enhance their quality of life, now and into the future."
Using 1 Gbps, customers can download a high-definition movie in seconds and stream it from multiple devices, gain instant access to cloud services and applications on demand, and subscribe to the latest information and entertainment services available. Speeds are also symmetrical, allowing customers to upload videos and large files of information just as fast as they download. Customers utilizing CenturyLink's 1 Gbps service in
will have a direct connection to the company's recently upgraded
global network, designed to accommodate the bandwidth demand driven by cloud computing, mobile traffic, big data and video streaming.
"After working on telecommunications issues for more than a decade now, I'm well aware of the many economic benefits that come from access to high-speed broadband," said U.S. Rep.
(R-Neb.). "I'm proud that CenturyLink has chosen
for its 1 Gig pilot and really believe that the sky is the limit for our local tech community now that they'll have access to the fastest Internet speeds in the country."
"Our ability to provide this service to
residents is partly due to the good collaboration and partnership we have had with the
City of Omaha
and their support at the local level," said
, CenturyLink vice president and general manager –
. "CenturyLink is pleased to offer
next generation broadband technology. With speeds up to 1 Gbps, we will provide eligible consumers and businesses the freedom to simultaneously use multiple integrated devices in their homes and businesses without bandwidth constraints."
CenturyLink begins rolling out its 1 Gbps service next week and expects to have its new fiber network available to all 48,000 customers by early
. The company will evaluate its
1 Gbps offer before determining further deployment of this advanced technology, considering such factors as positive community support, competitive parity in the marketplace and the ability to earn a reasonable return on its investment.
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in
the United States
and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink
TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in
, CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest corporations. For more information, visit
SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.