Oct. 9, 2013
(NYSE: CTL) today announced that it will expand its fiber network pilot to
, enabling Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). CenturyLink's enhanced fiber network will deliver this ultra-fast broadband technology to residential and small business customers in select
neighborhoods beginning this fall.
CenturyLink launched its first 1 Gbps fiber network in
. The company expects to have the targeted homes and business in
connected with its fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology by the end of October. The company will also use FTTP technology to deliver some of the fastest Internet speeds available in
the United States
to select homes and small businesses in
. With this highly-advanced service, customers will be able to download a high-definition movie in seconds and stream it from multiple devices, gain instant access to cloud services and applications on demand, and download or upload large multimedia files
all at the same time.
"CenturyLink is pleased to announce that
will be the next city to receive ultra-fast broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps," said
, CenturyLink chief technology officer. "We know our customers will embrace this new technology that will allow them to simultaneously use multiple devices in their homes and businesses without the burden of bandwidth constraints."
CenturyLink's 1 Gbps service is equivalent to 1,000 Mbps
an Internet speed that is 100 times faster than average broadband speeds
and will have a direct connection to the company's recently upgraded
global network, designed to accommodate today's bandwidth demands. This next generation fiber technology also enables CenturyLink to provide a symmetrical service, meaning customers can download and upload information at identical speeds of up to 1 Gbps.
"This is wonderful news for
," said U.S. Senator
. "Advances like these will ensure that
continues to cement its reputation as a high-tech hub. I support these efforts by CenturyLink, and welcome more investments in our local economy. I look forward to even more access to high-speed technology in
"An aspect of my efforts as Governor has been fostering the growth of
technology industry throughout the state," said
has always been one of America's most connected cities and is quickly becoming a premier destination for launching tech-focused businesses. CenturyLink's high-speed 1 Gbps fiber network pilot in
adds another level of vital infrastructure to support our continued growth as a technology-driven city."
"1 Gbps symmetrical speed provides a tremendous economic advantage for small businesses because it allows them to purchase their IT infrastructure through the cloud while substantially lowering operating costs," said
, CenturyLink vice president and general manager –
. "This capability is key to growing a vibrant startup and tech community in
CenturyLink will make its 1 Gbps service available to residents in its first
community this fall and intends to launch the service in additional communities into 2014. Small business customers in select locations will also be eligible for 1 Gbps service in early 2014. For information detailing the benefits of CenturyLink's 1 Gbps fiber service in
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® Prism™ 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.