Level 3 powers the virtual world of Second Live

Level 3 Communications has been selected by Linden Labs – the creators of Second Life – , that company’s rapidly growing 3D virtual world, to provide High Speed Internet Access and Wavelengths via two 10 gigabits per second (GigE) ports, connecting Second Life’s data centers in San Francisco and Dallas.

Second Life is a 3D online world with a growing population of users – or “Residents” – in which the Residents themselves create and build the world which includes homes, vehicles, nightclubs, stores, landscapes, clothing, and games. The Second Life Grid is a sophisticated development platform created by Linden Lab to create a revolutionary new form of shared 3D experience.

“During the past 15 months, Second Life’s population has expanded from 100,000 to more than five million registered users worldwide,” said Joe Miller, vice president, Platform and Technology Development for Linden Lab. “Level 3’s tier 1 infrastructure and 10 gigabit capacity will help us to enable Second Life’s ‘Residents’ to experience fast, reliable access, and allow us to increase bandwidth as our needs and user growth dictate.”

“Second Life is an innovative concept that continues to gain significant acceptance by consumers around the globe,” said Brady Rafuse, president of Level 3’s Content Markets Group. “We are looking forward to supporting Second Life and its “Residents” with our highly scalable network, designed specifically for bandwidth-intensive applications.”

Level 3 continues to invest in its network, and with one of the world’s largest IP backbones, the company provides reliable, high capacity bandwidth to meet growing traffic demand from customers with rich media applications. Level 3 offers Internet connectivity in 175 markets in addition to a comprehensive suite of network services that provide building blocks for its customers’ diverse service offerings. Level 3 has the scale, performance and service portfolio to support content delivery solutions as its customers’ network needs evolve.

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