Level 3 Communications (News - Alert), a provider of on-fiber and infrastructure solutions, IP-based voice and data communications, voice peering, wide-area Ethernet services, video and content distribution, and data center and cloud-based solutions, has just signed an agreement with Praxair Colombia, under which Praxair will add a range of telecommunications services from Level 3 to improve operational efficiency and network security.
Level 3 will offer communications services including IP telephony, dedicated Internet access (DIA), managed security, and data center services to Praxair Colombia, a subsidiary of Praxair, a leading industrial gas company.
“Using Level 3's services to boost our own communications efficiencies improves our ability to pursue this goal, and we are pleased that by working with Level 3 we'll be able to deliver an even better experience for our customers while simultaneously driving down operational overhead," said Carlos Alzate, systems head for Praxair Colombia, in a statement.
Level 3 hopes its services coupled with its secure data centers and technical professionals, can offer a compelling communications solution to Praxair.
"We are delighted that our services will help Praxair Colombia improve its operational efficiencies and network security, ultimately supporting its continued expansion and development within the region," said Luis Carlos Guerrero, sales vice president for Level 3's Andean region, in a statement.
This contract is a significant win for Level 3, as it demonstrates the company’s persistent growth in the enterprise sector, Guerrero said.
The announcement, however, also coincides with the company’s decision to lay off some of its employees. As per a report from The Denver Post, Level 3 is planning to lay off 6.5 percent of its workforce worldwide, equating to about 700 employees. This includes 150 workers in Colorado and 60 in the U.K.
The layoff, according to Level 3 officials, is part of the company’s focus to align its resources to maintain a differentiated customer experience while also driving profitable growth.
Edited by Blaise McNamee