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CenturyLink to Invest $20 Million for Broadband in New Mexico

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) plans to invest at least $20 million to improve and expand broadband communications services in New Mexico now that it has merged with Qwest Communications.

“This investment by CenturyLink to expand broadband services in New Mexico is an effective way for the company to introduce itself to the state,” New Mexico Public Regulation Commission chairman Pat Lyons said. “CenturyLink is New Mexico’s leading communications provider now that its merger with Qwest is complete. We look forward to the additional resources and opportunities that this increased Internet connectivity made possible by CenturyLink will provide the people of New Mexico.”

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Level 3 Launches Referral Program in Latin America

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has launched a new referral program in a select group of Latin American markets that have seen a steady increase in demand for international bandwidth and a growing need for global enterprise solutions. Working with approved referral providers through the program, Latin American carriers will be able to extend their in-region networks by contracting directly with Level 3 to leverage its Internet and data services offered in North America and Europe.

The program

Latin Americas Mobile Banking Revolution

New forecasts from ABI Research indicate that in 2015 about 244 million people worldwide will carry out financial transactions using their mobile phones. This growth in the financial cell phone sector is not specific to North America or Europe, and large investment is anticipated in regions like Latin America.

Latin American infrastructure is a drawback; only about 33 percent of the population has access to formal financial services. But 80 percent have access to mobile phones, which presents a significant opportunity for extending financial services to millions of low-income customers in the region.

To support this, last month, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, invested US$3 million for Panama

IP connectivity between oil rigs, platforms and offshore vessels in the Gulf of Mexico

Stratos and Alcatel-Lucent team to enhance communications for oil and gas workers in the Gulf of Mexico

Tapping into a major opportunity to expand and enhance offshore communications for the oil and gas industry,Stratos Global and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU)are working together to boost IP connectivity between oil rigs, platforms and offshore vessels in the Gulf of Mexico (GoM). Bringing IP/MPLS to the Stratos backbone network will be the first deployment of its kind in the GoM.

Stratos is the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions and the owner of the largest and most reliable digital microwave backbone in the GoM. Alcatel-Lucent is a leading global provider offixed, mobile and converged broadband networking, IP technologies, applications and services. The two companies have signed a two-year agreement worth $5.2 million to enhance and increase IP communications for offshore oil and gas workers.

Fighting Swine Flu with Polycom

polycom As the world braces for the coming winter flu season, health officials in Mexico expect to battle an anticipated rise in H1N1 flu cases with interactive visual communication systems from Polycom, (Nasdaq: PLCM), the global leader in telepresence, video and voice communication solutions.

During April and May, Mexico’s National Center for Health Technology Excellence (CENETEC) relied on Polycom and other video conferencing systems to help them stem the initial outbreak of H1N1. Experts at Mexico’s Secretariat of Health used Polycom systems to communicate face-to-face with some 1,500 health officials to help determine the source of the flu, where and how it was spreading, and effective treatments.

When the virus emerged in April, Mexican officials immediately recognized the need for clear, streamlined communication and collaboration to help contain the outbreak. So they turned to their video communication network outfitted with Polycom systems.

“Real-time communication and interaction was essential in responding to H1N1, and that made video a crucial element in our approach to managing the crisis,” said Adrian Pacheco, biomedical engineer and assistant director of telemedicine for Mexico’s Secretariat of Health. “Interactive video enables timely information to be distributed to the right people, because when you’re fighting an epidemic, there’s no time to lose.”

In the race to contain the virus, interactive visual communication saved time