Lumen Expands its Fiber Network Throughout Europe

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Lumen Technologies (formerly CenturyLink) intends to strengthen its service capabilities in France, Switzerland, and Spain by the recent expansion of its fiber network infrastructure throughout Europe.

Lumen expanded its reach in France and Switzerland by building a new fiber line connecting three additional towns, Grenoble, Chambéry, and Annecy, that spans more than 180 miles between Lyon, France and Geneva, Switzerland. The national Lumen network rings in France are roughly 3,500 route miles long and 420 route miles long in Switzerland.

The company added a new stretch of more than 170 route miles between the city of Salou and the French border to complete its national fiber ring in Spain. Lumen also constructed a new metro network in Barcelona, which is linked to the MAREA trans-Atlantic subsea cable landing station in Sopelana. In Spain, the national Lumen network ring now covers over 1,060 route miles.

According to Lumen, these critical network additions bring high-speed fiber closer to end customers, resulting in “quicker connections, lower latency, and improved security” for a better user experience.

‘The 4th Industrial Revolution’

Photo Annette Murphy, managing director, EMEA, Lumen Technologies
“Our new fiber infrastructure investments in Europe demonstrate the continued commitment that Lumen has to this market, and to powering the next wave of growth and innovation for customers in the 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Annette Murphy, managing director, EMEA, Lumen Technologies.

The new network would expand fiber reach in and between major commercial and financial hubs, delivering connection to new cities and providing dense coverage in critical locations to connect numerous enterprise buildings and third-party data centers to Lumen’s large network.

“Our new fiber infrastructure investments in Europe demonstrate the continued commitment that Lumen has to this market, and to powering the next wave of growth and innovation for customers in the 4th Industrial Revolution,” said Annette Murphy, managing director, EMEA, Lumen Technologies. “Companies are facing new challenges that require them to harness massive amounts of data at almost unimaginable speeds. The agile, reliable and secure Lumen network helps customers to leverage their data and adopt next-gen apps to unleash their business potential and deliver amazing digital experiences.”

Lumen Network Key Facts:

  • The Lumen network connects more than 180,000 on-net buildings and 2,200 public and private third-party data centers over roughly 450,000 (720,000 km) worldwide route miles of fiber.
  • The Lumen network connects more than 2,000 on-net buildings and 500 public and commercial third-party data centers across Europe, with roughly 23,600 (38,000 km) route miles of fiber.
  • Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute & Azure Government, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, and Oracle Cloud are among the main public cloud service providers linked to the Lumen network.
  • The Lumen platform, a fast and secured platform for next-generation applications and data, is built on the Lumen fiber network, which is large and highly linked. The platform combines adaptive networking, cloud connection, edge computing, linked security, and collaboration technologies into an innovative application architecture built to manage the 4th Industrial Revolution’s complex and data-intensive workloads.
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