Level3 Communications is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a provider of telecommunication services. The company was founded in 1885 and is currently headquartered in Colorado, in the United States. The Level3 brand is well-known; the company operates a large, physical network of the Internet and offers a wide range of networking services. Level3 is the network, and it owns a Tier 1 backbone and operates its own points-of-presence (PoPs). One notable customer of Level3 is Netflix.
Level3 has made some notable acquisitions, including companies such as Black Lotus (DDoS protection), TW Telecom (business Internet solutions), Genuity (AS1) and the CDN services business of Savvis - a subsidiary of CenturyLink that provides hosting and colocation services. The CDN was acquired in 2006 and is run by Level3 to this day. In 2016 Level3 has been acquired by CenturyLink.
Additional CDN-related services by Level3 include DDoS protection, SSL, Encryption, Geo Blocking, (live) video streaming and website acceleration.
Together with Fastly, CloudFlare, Highwinds, Akamai and EdgeCast, Level3 is part of the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program. The interconnection agreement between the backbones of both parties will benefit customers on both sides; traffic over these interconnects enjoys reduced latency and increased reliability compared to the public Internet. Clients using a Google Cloud origin receive a discount to their egress traffic when peering with Level3 or any other CDN that is part of the collaboration.
Level3 does not publish customer information. CDN overview has located some of customers of the CDN service, such as CloudVPS. We’ll keep the list updated.
|Purge All||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Instant Purge||Not instant|
|Control panel||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Origin Push||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Origin Pull||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Origin Shield||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|GZIP Compression||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Custom Rules||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|HTTP/2 Protocol||Feature not supported by Level3|
|SPDY Protocol||Feature not supported by Level3|
|Raw Access Logs||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Real time statistics||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Online signup||Feature not supported by Level3|
|API||Unknown support for this feature by Level3|
|Custom CNAMEs||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Shared SSL Certificates||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Custom SSL Certificates||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Wildcard SSL Certificates||Unknown support for this feature by Level3|
|Video On Demand (VoD)||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|RTMP Streaming||Feature fully supported by Level3|
|Multiple CDNs||Feature not supported by Level3|
|CDN balancing tech||Feature not supported by Level3|
|Storage||Additional costs may apply for this feature|
Level 3 does not list pricing information for their CDN service on the website. Customers interested in their products can contact the sales team.
|Global flat fee||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (low volume)||N/A|
|NA/EU Traffic (high volume)||N/A|