Lumen Technologies (NYSE: LUMN), the former CenturyLink, in an April 27 statement announced it is investing in high-bandwidth Ethernet architecture to bring upgraded Ethernet services to more than 40 U.S. cities by the end of this year.
The services were recently rolled out in nine cities with nine more gaining access to Ethernet speeds up to 30-Gbps in early May. New markets gaining access to Ethernet speeds up to 30 gigabits across Lumen's metro architecture include Columbus, Ohio; Houston, Texas; Kansas City, Mo.; Nashville, Tenn.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Phoenix, Ariz.; Salt Lake City, Utah and Seattle, Wash.
Lumen markets recently enabled with the enhanced speeds include Atlanta, Ga.; Chicago, Ill.; Dallas, Texas; Denver, Colo.; Ft Lauderdale, Fla.; Los Angeles, Calif.; Newark, N.J.; Sunnyvale, Calif. and Washington, D.C. Additional markets will gain access to the faster speeds in the coming months, added a Lumen statement.
The deployed high-bandwidth Ethernet architecture also enables 30 gigabit speeds for Lumen Dedicated Internet Access (DIA), Lumen Cloud Connect and IP VPN services.
The company notes its Ethernet upgrades meet MEF forum 3.0 standards for metro Ethernet technology, which it says helps deliver enhanced performance management and end-to-end service visibility both on- and off-net.
Lumen said the new deployments represent a 10-fold increase in its current standard Ethernet capabilities, as well as the next step in the company's Ethernet strategy.
"Internet of things, augmented reality, voice and video apps – our customers want and need faster, more accessible bandwidth to support these technologies," said Miriana Martinova, Lumen VP, core network solutions.
She concluded, "We've committed to investing in a 100-gigabit metro network across the country. This focus will equip our next-generation architecture with faster Ethernet speeds. Lumen's network investments will enable our Lumen Platform to deliver the applications and data businesses need."