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This Ovum Network Services Assessment covers the transformative network services of CenturyLink, including supporting offers and the network provider's overall strategy.


  • CenturyLink’s acquisition close of Level 3 in November 2017 boosts the service provider's scale and operational efficiency, and greatly increases the company's international on-the-ground network and managed services assets.
  • The two companies combine complementary network infrastructure and services, with a strong focus on US markets and pan-regional assets deployed across Europe and Latin America.
  • While CenturyLink and Level 3 have a major integration effort ahead, each operator stands to contribute network, network security, and managed/professional services that expand its portfolio of offers available to the combined customer base.

Features and Benefits

  • Assesses the services and resources of CenturyLink and Level 3 to highlight the capabilities the acquisition brings together.
  • Evaluates some of the challenges ahead in terms of combining people, strategies, infrastructure assets, and portfolio services.
  • Assesses the strengths that CenturyLink and Level 3 each bring in areas such as SDN-enabled flexible networking, managed network security, and professional services.

Key questions answered

  • What are CenturyLink's and Level 3's respective service capabilities, where do they overlap, and where do they complement each other?
  • What are some of the challenges Ovum expects CenturyLink to face with its integration of the acquired Level 3?
  • What high-level messages did CenturyLink communicate to the industry shortly after acquisition close about how it plans to go about integration?
  • What are some of the advanced networking platforms and capabilities that Level 3 and CenturyLink each brings to the acquisition?

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  • Introduction
  • Download 1: Ovum Network Services Assessment: CenturyLink

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