More than 30,000 businesses in Minnesota will be the latest to receive gigabit broadband service from CenturyLink, the company says.
CenturyLink reports it is offering symmetrical upload and download broadband speeds up to 1 Gbps to 32,827 small, medium, and large business customers in more than 1,100 multi-tenant office buildings across the state. More than 400 of those buildings are in Minneapolis, while another 350 are in St. Paul, CenturyLink indicates. Services at those locations also include Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP), cloud-based services, and managed IT Solutions.
The company also notes that businesses within the buildings now have access to multiple wide-area network connections delivered over fiber, including multiprotocol label switching virtual private network (MPLS-VPN), metro Ethernet, and a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution.
As is generally the case with such deployments, CenturyLink touted the rollout as a plus for business development in the state.
“By offering fiber-ready services to multi-tenant unit office buildings across the state, CenturyLink is creating a foundation to attract new businesses and drive economic growth,” CenturyLink’s Midwest Region President Duane Ring comments. “Businesses can not only easily gain access to our powerful network to meet their increasing technology demands, but also utilize CenturyLink for affordable and scalable business solutions.”
The move was also hailed by Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Jonathan Weinhagen as one that will “expand economic opportunities statewide.”
CenturyLink has been forging ahead with gigabit deployments for some time now, recently expanding its gig offering to more than 13,000 small to large businesses in Utah. But the company isn’t the first to bring gigabit connectivity to Minnesota; Mediacom and Midco both announced gig services in the state earlier this year.