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Level 3 Uses Hong Kong as Platform to Strengthen Services in Asia Pacific

US-headquartered Level 3 Communications, a global communications service provider, has recently expanded its service portfolio in the region, with its office in Hong Kong being the command centre

Hong Kong has a highly developed information and communication infrastructure, which is vital to its status as a global financial centre. It is also a factor that has attracted multinational corporations (MNCs) to set up regional headquarters or regional offices in the city.

Level 3 Uses Hong Kong as Platform to Strengthen Services in Asia Pacific

“We have operation in 10 countries throughout Asia Pacific. Hong Kong is a major location for us,” Ricky Chau, Vice President of Asia Pacific of Level 3 Communications, said. Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides global communications services to enterprise and carrier customers. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in over 60 countries across a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities.

The company has been operating in Hong Kong since 2004, and Chau pointed to three reasons why it has become an important location in the region for Level 3. “First, Hong Kong has a well-developed telecommunication infrastructure with multiple submarine and terrestrial cables connecting it. Secondly, Hong Kong is the regional base for many multinational customers and a key gateway to Mainland China. The third reason is Hong Kong’s very high economic freedom makes it easy for a multinational company like Level 3 to do business here.”
In 2017, Level 3 has expanded its DDoS mitigation and software-defined networking (SDN) solutions to the Asia-Pacific region.

“Our enterprise customers are in the midst of digital transformation that is accelerating the need for security and agile networking solutions. We are expanding our services in Asia Pacific to enable our customers in their digital transformation journey,” Chau said.

Level 3 opened three new scrubbing centres in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore in January, which have joined eight others in Europe and Americas. Level 3’s DDoS ingest capacity, at 4.5 terabits per second, provides a high capacity to ingest massive attacks so customers can get back to business as usual. The service is carrier agnostic and pulls all customer traffic into Level 3’s globally located scrubbing centres for cleansing before forwarding legitimate traffic through a private connection or the public internet.

The Level 3’s Threat Research Labs in Colorado, US, monitors Internet traffic, analysing about 48 billion net flow sessions per day.

“With a scrubbing centre here, we deliver our DDoS mitigation service in the region. This will benefit not only our customers in Asia Pacific but also our customers globally,” he said.

Level 3 has also expanded its award-winning Metro 2.0 global Ethernet platform and software-defined networking (SDN) solutions to the Asia Pacific. Enterprises can now access Level 3’s agile Ethernet platform from two access points each in Hong Kong, Tokyo and Singapore, for a total of six access points in the region. The move is necessary with the rise of cloud computing, as administers need to manage massive traffic loads in a flexible and more efficient manner. Level 3 Ethernet services reach more than 290 markets around the world with flexible bandwidth options ranging from 2 Mbps to 6 Gbps.

Level 3 has a sales office in Causeway Bay and two operational locations in Chai Wan and Tseung Kwan O.

Friday, March 17, 2017

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Fast Facts

  • Using Hong Kong as the command centre for its Asia Pacific operations since 2004
  • Has recently opened three scrubbing centres in Asia Pacific, including one in Hong Kong
  • Has recently expanded its award-winning Metro 2.0 global Ethernet platform and software-defined networking (SDN) solutions to the Asia Pacific, including two access points in Hong Kong

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