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CenturyLink Lights 200 Gbit/s of Transatlantic Capacity

Provisioning of secure and reliable capacity on the next-generation subsea fiber optic network will support CenturyLink's US-to-Europe broadband traffic.

July 21, 2016

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DUBLIN, Ireland – July 21, 2016 — Aqua Comms Limited, a provider of scalable, subsea capacity-based network solutions, and CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced today that CenturyLink has activated two 100 Gigabit waves of high capacity connectivity between New York and London on Aqua Comms’ America-Europe Connect (AEConnect) subsea cable system. The provisioning of secure and reliable capacity on the next-generation subsea fibre optic network will support CenturyLink’s U.S. to Europe broadband traffic.

“The circuits Aqua Comms has provided to CenturyLink from New York City to London are lit point of presence (PoP) to PoP with no intermediate or cable landing station regeneration,” said Aqua Comms Chief Technology Officer Tom McMahon. “Traversing over 6,800 kilometers, the high capacity transatlantic route includes diverse terrestrial segments on both ends enabling CenturyLink to provision end-to-end high capacity connectivity without regeneration, utlising advanced modulation techniques.”

“This is a major milestone for CenturyLink’s international network. We now can control the provisioning, monitoring and troubleshooting of end-to-end connectivity between our U.S. network and any CenturyLink point of presence on our European network,” states CenturyLink Senior Vice President of Network Planning Pieter Poll. “Our multinational customers require seamless connectivity to accommodate today’s key business applications and we’re confident that this new Aqua Comms AEConnect fibre optic cable system will provide an important link between two of the world’s most vital social and economic hubs.”

According to telecom analyst firm TeleGeography, transatlantic bandwidth is in high demand and the New York-to-London route is the second-largest international internet traffic route globally with multiple terabits of peak traffic.

CenturyLink’s selection of Aqua Comms’ AEConnect supplies critical, high capacity transatlantic connectivity to the company’s global footprint and technology innovations that connect consumers and businesses to the power of the digital world. Aqua Comms’ subsea fibre optic network is designed to meet the needs of carriers, global service providers, cloud-based networks, financial services companies, and Over-the-Top (OTT) content providers, as well as the global media.

CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL)

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