Level 3 Communications has joined forces with Aspera to create a new high-speed content upload service that enables rapid uploading of multimedia content to Level 3’s Origin Storage Platform.

Level 3 said it has tweaked its Origin Storage offering to facilitate the upload and delivery of large files at speeds of up to 1 Gbps. To deliver this new service, Level 3 selected Aspera’s fasp transport technology for its ability to move data at high speeds – regardless of file size, network conditions and transfer distance.

Level 3 said it was the first CDN provider to fully deploy Aspera's high-speed file transfer technology solution.

With a single 1 Gbps bandwidth connection, Level 3 CDN customers can move a terabyte of data – equivalent to approximately 1,000 full-length feature movies – from New York to Los Angeles in just over 2 hours.

"Level 3 has one of the most connected fiber networks in the world," said Cary Capece, senior vice president of sales and business development at Aspera. "Aspera's next-generation fasp transport technology, combined with Level 3's CDN, provides customers with maximum ingest and transfer speeds, reliability and security – exactly what companies are looking for from their content delivery provider."

The high-speed content upload service comes at no additional cost to Level 3 CDN customers who use Level 3's Origin Storage service, a platform that allows customers to outsource the storage and management of their multimedia content.

Level 3 also said today that its Business Markets Group (BMG) has expanded its operations along the Front Range, which includes large metropolitan areas such as Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs in Colorado.

Level 3 said the initiative was designed to provide a world-class customer experience for mid-market business customers throughout the Front Range area.

This initiative will give mid-market businesses expanded access to Level 3's voice, Internet and data services. The company continues to expand its portfolio of service offerings for enterprises to include new technologies such as Ethernet.

Level 3 said it is in the process of expanding its fiber-optic footprint along the Front Range, as well as expanding its sales and customer support teams in the area.

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