CenturyLink gets Ciena award

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has been named the 2016 BizConnect Carrier Managed Services Partner of the Year by Ciena in recognition of CenturyLink´s significant growth and innovation in managed services across several verticals, including healthcare, financial services, and federal, state and local government. CenturyLink deploys Ciena equipment to deliver wave and Ethernet services to enterprise customers.

Ciena also recognized CenturyLink for having more than 75 employees receive carrier Ethernet and optical industry certifications through Ciena´s BizConnect partner program. Additionally, CenturyLink was recognized for growing its customer premises equipment (CPE) business, especially with its government and education customers.

CenturyLink is taking a leadership role in creating an end-to-end network platform with SDN and NFV capabilities, and is developing virtual network services based on Ciena´s Blue Planet software and carrier Ethernet hardware solutions.

CenturyLink is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enablingms of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile US fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.