First Quantum Minerals Connects Global Mining Locations Using Level 3 Network
– Level 3 Communication’s Solutions Enable Sharing of Critical Data, Streamline Back-Office Systems and Provide Reliable Communications to Remote Sites Across Africa
BROOMFIELD, Colorado, June 24, 2014 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it is providing First Quantum Minerals Limited (FQML), an international metals and mining company, with a global network that is enabling cost-effective and reliable communications for its key mining sites across the world.
FQML operates in remote locations around the world, where reliable communications are either limited or non-existent. In 2011, the company contracted with Level 3 to consolidate a number of its legacy communication providers globally, using Level 3’s Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network, linking offices and datacenters in Europe, North America and Canada to operations in remotes parts of Finland and Perth (Australia).
Today, through a combination of the latest fixed-line and satellite technology, and an extensive partner network in region, Level 3 is connecting its global MPLS to FQML’s mines in remote areas of Africa and South America. This robust network supports the use of data-intensive applications and provides on-site staff with critical business applications, as well as high-bandwidth Internet connectivity.
Ben Rodgers, global network manager, FQML said: “The Level 3 network supports our continued investment in communications technology, enabling our employees, regardless of their location, to communicate and collaborate effectively. By using Level 3 to deliver communication services to our often remote sites across the world, we have been able to achieve efficiency gains and significant cost savings.”
Tim Passingham, senior vice president, Enterprise Business, EMEA at Level 3, said: “By selecting the Level 3 network, FQML can share critical data within a secure, reliable and scalable infrastructure, providing the company with the flexibility to cost-effectively grow its global operations. The services Level 3 is providing to FQML highlight the continued expansion of our network in the region.”
For more information on Level 3’s products and services, visit www.level3.com.
About First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
First Quantum Minerals Ltd. is an established and rapidly growing mining and metals company operating seven mines and developing five projects worldwide. The company currently produces copper, nickel, gold, zinc and platinum group elements. In addition, First Quantum is developing projects in Zambia, Panama and Peru that when complete, will increase its annual copper production capacity to more than 1.3 million tonnes per annum. Visit www.first-quantum.com
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About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3’s comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 500 markets in over 60 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.