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Level 3 inks exchange agreement with tw telecom
[December 04, 2012]

Level 3 inks exchange agreement with tw telecom

Dec 04, 2012 (TELECOMWORLDWIRE via COMTEX) -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) and tw telecom inc. said they have entered into a long-term settlement-free Internet traffic exchange agreement.

The settlement-free agreement, commonly referred to as a peering agreement in the Internet industry, allows the two Internet service provider networks to exchange data, enabling Internet customers on one network to send and receive Internet content with customers on the other network more efficiently and cost-effectively.

The Level 3 and tw telecom peering agreement measures both the volume of traffic exchanged and the distance over which that traffic is carried by each network. This approach is called bit-mile peering. In order to keep the relationship equitable, both networks carry approximately the same "bit miles" of data. This model promotes efficient, high-quality service for customers, while ensuring a balanced cost burden across each network.

The Level 3 tw telecom peering agreement also contains provisions to add capacity and establish new interconnection locations between the two networks to stay ahead of growing traffic demand. This approach offers flexibility to each network while improving performance and reliability for customers and is based on efficient interconnection principles for non-managed Internet traffic. The agreement does not cover the exchange of managed voice traffic.

tw telecom, headquartered in Littleton, Colo., is a national provider of managed services, including business Ethernet, converged and IP VPN solutions for enterprises throughout the US and globally. Visit for more information.

Level 3 Communications provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. For more information, visit Comments on this story may be sent to

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