In a press release earlier this week, CenturyLink, Inc. announced that Internet speeds of up to one gigabit per second are now available for more than 2,500 businesses located in multi-unit office buildings throughout the Salt Lake City, Cottonwood Heights, Sandy, Midvale, Draper, South Jordan, West Jordan, and other nearby areas.
CenturyLink's next generation fiber technology will enable business customers to work faster without limitations due to bandwidth constraints. Online activities like downloading large, high-definition videos would only take a few seconds, while the large bandwidth would also give customers the ability to stream video content on multiple devices effortlessly. Because CenturyLink's fiber Internet is symmetrical, it allows simultaneous identical upload and download speeds.
This service outperforms slower upload speeds that are typically available through basic DSL and cable business broadband providers. CenturyLink's 1 Gbps service is a whopping 100 times faster than average broadband speeds, and has a direct connection to CenturyLink's recently upgraded 100 Gbps global network.
"The availability, quality, and competitiveness of broadband services are critical pieces of in frastructure for attracting new businesses to Salt Lake City. Businesses need more bandwidth and faster connections to harness cloud applications that are becoming workplace necessities, and access to fast Internet speeds will help Salt Lake Cityprovide new job opportunities and attract new capital investment. We commend CenturyLink on this significant investment in the community," said Jeff Edwards, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Utah.
Business customers in the Salt Lake City area can also increase their efficiency when they subscribe to Managed Office, CenturyLink's fully managed IT services and cloud bundle . This service bundles a business-grade data network and Hosted VoIP phone service with cloud-based applications for email, unified communications, security and data storage, and is fully managed by CenturyLink. Managed Office includes equipment and hardware such as feature-rich IP phones, routers, switches and WiFi access points for a monthly price-per-employee workstation, making it easier to predict the cost of managing an entire communications network.
"Small and midsized companies are important to CenturyLink, and we are focused on innovations that can help these customers reach their goals and simplify their lives using advanced technology. We're excited to bring a one gigabit per second broadband solution to multi-tenant unit businesses in Salt Lake City," said Larry Walters, CenturyLink vice president and general manager. "A faster Internet connection is often the gateway for smaller companies to adopt cloud computing and managed services. With Managed Office, forward-thinking businesses can turn over their information technology operations to the management of a trusted partner so they can focus on excellence within their core competencies."