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Level 3 Eyes Eastern Europe

Seeing opportunities in a fast-growing market, network operator Level 3 announced today that it is now offering Wholesale Internet services in the Czech Republic.

The Broomfield, Colo., company's offering will target ISPs, cable providers and international telecom providers who want to sell communications services to enterprise customers.

Among Level 3's first customers is Nextra, a subsidiary of Telenor, Norway's largest telecommunications group. Nextra's goal is to provide IP services to 10 European countries.

"Eastern Europe is one of the fastest growing regions for IP traffic, although they do start from a low base," Nerissa Waring, a Level 3 spokeswoman, told internetnews.com. "The majority of countries in this region joined the EU this year. That made it far easier to set up and do business there."

In addition to demand from potential customers, Level 3 considers several other factors before expanding its network, Waring said. These include the cost of acquiring capacity and facilities, as well as the quality and diversity of the bandwidth.

Over the past three years, Level 3 has expanded its network in Europe to cover Madrid, Zurich, Geneva, Milan, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Manchester, Dublin and Vienna.