CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and Cogent Communications (Nasdaq: CCOI) have entered into a long-term, bilateral interconnection agreement for their public IP networks. This agreement would allow the exchange of Internet traffic in a balanced, scalable and mutually economical manner to accommodate the growing use of the Internet.
The two companies did not reveal any financial details about the interconnection agreement. It’s also not completely clear how many interconnections there will be between the networks of Cogent and CenturyLink. Neither is it clear what the exact impact might be on customer experiences.
As one of the top Internet backbone networks in the world, Cogent Communications operates 51 data centers of which 27 are in the U.S., one is located in Canada and the rest is located in Europe. Cogent‘s facilities-based, all-optical IP network provides services in 190 markets globally.
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 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.