Profile: CenturyLink Inc (CTL.N)
11 Mar 2014
CenturyLink, Inc. (CenturyLink), incorporated on May 7, 1968, is an integrated communications company. The Company is engaged primarily in providing a range of communications services to its residential, business, governmental and wholesale customers. The Company's communications services include local and long-distance, network access, private line, public access, broadband, data, managed hosting (including cloud hosting), colocation, Wireless and video services. In certain local and regional markets, the Company also provides local access and fiber transport services to competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) and security monitoring. The Company operates in four segments: Regional markets, Wholesale markets, Enterprise markets-network and Enterprise markets-data hosting. In July 2012, Digital Realty Trust, Inc. and CenturyLink's Savvis Inc Joint Venture completed the joint venture acquisition of a 164,000-square-foot (15,236-square-meter) facility in Hong Kong. In June 2013, CenturyLink Inc announced it has enhanced its Savvis Cloud suite through the acquisition of AppFog, Inc. In November 2013, CenturyLink Inc acquired Tier 3 LLC.
Regional markets consists primarily of providing strategic and legacy products and services to residential consumers, state and local governments, small to medium-sized businesses and enterprise customers. The Company's strategic products and services offered to these customers include the Company's private line, broadband, MPLS, hosting, video services and wireless services. The Company's legacy services offered to these customers consist primarily of local and long-distance service. A wholesale market consists of providing strategic and legacy products and services to other domestic and international communications providers. The Company's strategic products and services offered to these customers are mainly private line (including special access) and MPLS.
The Company provides local service in portions of Idaho, Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, Texas, Pennsylvania, Montana, Alabama, Nebraska, Indiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Wyoming, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Michigan, Louisiana, South Carolina, Illinois, Georgia, Mississippi, Oklahoma and California. The Company operates 54 data centers throughout North America, Europe and Asia. The Company's products and services include a range of voice, broadband, data, information technology (IT), video and other communications services. Enterprise markets-network consists primarily of providing strategic and legacy network communications products and services to national and international enterprise and government customers. Enterprise markets-data hosting consists primarily of providing colocation, managed hosting and cloud hosting services to national and international enterprise and government customers.
The Company's customers use the Company's strategic services to access the Internet, connect to private networks and transmit data. Private line offers a high-speed, secure solution for frequent transmission of large amounts of data between sites. The Company also provides private line transmission services to wireless service providers that use its fiber-optic cables connected to the towers, commonly referred to as fiber to the tower or wireless backhaul services, to support their next generation wireless networks; high-speed, secure solution for frequent transmission of large amounts of data between sites.
The Company's broadband services allow customers to connect to the Internet through their existing telephone lines and fiber-optic cables at high speeds. Substantially all of the Company's broadband subscribers are located within its local service area. Multi-Protocol Label Switching is standards-approved data networking technology, compatible with existing asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), and frame relay networks the Company provides to support real-time voice and video. This technology allows network operators flexibility to divert and route traffic around link failures, congestion and bottlenecks.
Managed hosting includes provision of centralized IT infrastructure and a range of managed services, including cloud and traditional computing, application management, back-up, storage, and advanced services, including planning, design, implementation and support services. Colocation services enable the Company's customers to install their own IT equipment in its facilities through its centralized IT infrastructure. Ethernet services include point-to-point and multi-point configurations that facilitate data transmissions across metropolitan areas and wide area networks.
The Company's video services include the Company's facilities-based video, marketed as CenturyLink Prism, which is a entertainment service that allows its customers to watch hundreds of television or cable channels and record up to four shows on one home digital video recorder. The Company also offers satellite digital television under an arrangement with DIRECTV that allows the Company to market, sell and bill for its services under its brand name. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), is a real-time, two-way voice communication service (similar to the Company's traditional voice services) that originates over a broadband connection and often terminates on the PSTN. The Company's wireless services are offered under an agency arrangement with Verizon Wireless that allows the Company to market, sell and bill for its services under its brand name, primarily to customers who buy these services as part of a bundle with one or more of the Company's other products and services.
The Company's legacy services represent the Company's traditional voice, data and network services. The Company offers local calling services for its regional markets customers within its local service area, generally for a fixed monthly charge. These services include a number of calling features and other services, such as call forwarding, caller identification, conference calling, voicemail, selective call ringing and call waiting, for which the Company generally charges an additional monthly fee. For the Company's wholesale customers, local calling services include primarily resale and UNEs, which allow its wholesale customers to use its network or a combination of its network and their own networks to provide voice and data services to their customers. For the Company's wholesale customers, local calling services include primarily resale and UNEs, which allow its wholesale customers to use its network or a combination of its network and their own networks to provide voice and data services to their customers.
The Company offers its residential and business customers domestic and international long-distance services and toll-free services. The Company's international long-distance services include voice calls that either terminate or originate with the Company's customers in the United States. The Company offers integrated services digital network (ISDN) services, which uses regular telephone lines to support voice, video and data applications. The Company offers wide area network (WAN) services, which allow a local communications network to link to networks in remote locations, and The Company provides various forms of switched access services to wireline and Wireless service providers for the use of its facilities to originate and terminate their interstate and intrastate voice transmissions.
Data integration involves the Company's sale of telecommunications equipment to customers for use on their premises and related professional services. These services include network management, installation and maintenance of telecommunication and data equipment and the building of fiber-optic networks for the Company's governmental and other business customers.
100 CenturyLink Drive
MONROE LA 71203