Level 3 Communications’ European Markets Group today announced that it has been selected by JoostTM to support its broadcast-quality Internet television service. Under the terms of the agreement, Level 3 will provide Joost with network solutions including high speed Internet access and colocation services in North America and Europe.
“Level 3’s unparalleled global infrastructure and extensive local connectivity make them a logical network partner for Joost,” said Fredrik de Wahl, chief strategy officer of Joost. “We have developed the next generation of television for viewers, content owners and advertisers on a global scale and we are confident that the Level 3 network, with its ability to scale and the quality it delivers, can support our growth well into the future.”
Joost provides a new way of watching TV that combines the best of full-screen television entertainment with online interactive and community tools such as channel-specific chat rooms and instant messaging. This all brings a broad selection of on-demand video content to subscribers anywhere they have a broadband connection. Joost is based on an advanced, secure, peer-to-peer streaming technology. Connecting to Level 3’s global Internet Protocol (IP) backbone, one of the world’s largest, enables Joost to bring its service closer to end users.
“Joost offers the next generation of television viewing and advertising,” said Brady Rafuse, president and chief executive officer of Level 3 European Markets. “We look forward to supporting their current and future needs for network connectivity and continuing to enable their delivery of high-quality programming that is redefining television entertainment.”
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 over 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.