Level 3 Communications Inc. (LVLT) has announced the launch of Level 3 Tower Access, a new service that offers direct wireless tower connectivity to the Level 3 network. Tower Access provides wireless carriers with more efficient and cost-effective options for wireless backhaul in metropolitan and rural locations. The first phase of this initiative will target unserved and underserved markets focusing on areas with the greatest concentration of end-user demand.
Level 3 Tower Access offers the capabilities to place wireless towers on or near existing Level 3 network facilities. Level 3 has identified more than 300 tower-ready network sites with the geography and right-of-way access to support the addition of wireless towers. Level 3 is working with multiple partners to erect wireless carrier-neutral towers directly on the Level 3 network in these locations.
Primarily located in rural areas, Level 3 Tower Access offers an alternative to incumbent providers, delivering a broad portfolio of voice, data and Internet services directly from the tower site. These services provide wireless carriers with more competitive options to backhaul wireless traffic and scale their network capabilities as mobile bandwidth and end-user demand continue to grow.