MSN to use Level 3 backbone
Level 3 Communications Inc. signed a three-year agreement to supply Microsoft Corp. with broadband services. Under the deal, Level 3 will provide (3)CrossRoads Internet access service in North America for six properties in MSN's network.
MSN's routing of "significant" traffic to Level 3's network will start with a service target of 3 Gbps of Level 3's backbone capacity, and almost a third of MSN's total 10 gigs of traffic, Level 3 reports, adding that MSN can up Level 3's service to the full 10 gigs in the future.
(3)CrossRoads is a global Internet access service on Level 3's MPLS backbone. The system connects from several worldwide locations, including 46 data centers in the United States, Europe and Asia, at port speeds up to 2.5 Gbps, Level 3 reports.
The news comes a week after Level 3 cut 1,400 jobs and revised its 2001 guidance.