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Posted: September 09, 2013

2013 Top Company winner: Telecom

Gigi Sukin

Winner: Level 3 Communications

Headquartered in Broomfield since 1997, Level 3 Communications has provided international communication tools and services, focusing on business, content, government and wholesale customers.

Differentiator

Ranked as one of the most connected Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Level 3’s expanding assets have solidified its position as one of the largest IP transit networks in North America and Europe. The network service provider serves some of the world’s most demanding customers with mission-critical applications including top U.S. broadcaster, four of the five top global financial exchanges, 70 percent of the Fortune 500, 80 percent of the Fortune 100 and more than half of the Global 500.

Greatest Achievement

In 1998, the company began construction on what is known today as the world’s first continuously upgradeable, international fiber optic network, fully optimized for Internet protocol technology. For the historic achievement, Level 3 was inducted into the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution, where the company was recognized for creating a new kind of network infrastructure with the potential to change communications at a fundamental level.

Looking Forward

Level 3 anticipates that reliability, dependability and security will become more and more important in an increasingly complex environment.

Quote of Note

“Level 3 has always had a strong commitment to (the Colorado) market and our employees love the Colorado lifestyle. While we have a passion for delivering a differentiated experience to our customers on a global scale, we are also proud to have an equally strong desire to assist our local communities through our Level 3 Cares program.” –  Jeff Storey, CEO.

Finalists

CenturyLink

The network provider chosen by 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, Littleton-based CenturyLink provides customers with a network of reliability and security, advanced technologies and a flexible portfolio of services.

Differentiator

To illustrate its commitment to Colorado communities, in 2012, CenturyLink employees dedicated 130,000 hours of community service.

Biggest Challenge

Demand – growth in cloud computing, mobile traffic, big data and online video streaming have created unprecedented bandwidth demands by consumers
and businesses.

Greatest Achievement

In October 2012, CenturyLink partnered with the University of Denver to connect the Presidential Debate to the rest of the globe, installing 100,000 feet of wire and 650 media filing stations on campus. The project speaks to the scope of CenturyLink’s services.

Quote of Note

“I am especially proud of our 6,800 employees here in Colorado who absolutely deserve this recognition. We owe a great deal of that success to our talented, dedicated employee base in Colorado.” – Scott Russell, vice president and general manager.

 

ViaWest Inc.

With 24 data centers and plans to expand, ViaWest is one of the largest privately held data center and managed service providers in the country, overseeing enterprise-class data centers and providing a comprehensive suite of colocation, complex hosting, cloud and managed services to businesses of all sizes.

Differentiator

The organization’s service-oriented culture has distinguished it since its inception in 1999.

Biggest Challenge

Keeping ahead of the demands customers and prospects will have is challenging. To stay steady with the pace of technological evolution, ViaWest deems it critical to meet and exceed customers’ expectations.

Greatest Achievement

Today the company employs more than 340 people nationwide.

Looking Forward

ViaWest’s goal is to be recognized as a best-in-class company within the industry, meaning taking a leadership role in growth, customer satisfaction and work force excellence consistently.

Gigi Sukin is an Associate Editor at ColoradoBiz. She can be reached at gsukin@cobizmag.com.

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