CenturyLink, Inc. today announced the availability of 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) fiber speeds to approximately 1,200 additional business locations in Arizona as part of a national fiber network upgrade that expanded availability of CenturyLink’s gigabit broadband services to nearly 490,000 business locations in 17 states.

As part of CenturyLink’s gigabit service expansion in Arizona, 1 Gbps access in Phoenix, which launched in 2014, is expanding to additional business locations in south Phoenix and northwest Phoenix. CenturyLink is also launching gigabit fiber service in Sun City and Surprise which makes gigabit speeds available to more than 60,000 business locations throughout Arizona.

“After launching 1 Gig services in Phoenix last year, we are pleased to now bring ultra-fast fiber broadband speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second to our business customers in south Phoenix and northwest Phoenix,” said Ken McMahon, vice president enterprise sales for CenturyLink. “With symmetrical upload and download speeds of up to 1 Gbps, fiber service from CenturyLink outperforms the slower upload speeds available through basic business broadband providers, including many cable companies.” 

“Fiber optic technology with the kind of speeds offered by Centurylink, continue to make south Phoenix a desirable and affordable place to start a business. I value and appreciate Centurylink’s continued investment and focus on this part of Phoenix,” said Kate Gallego, Phoenix City Councilwoman. “With access to high-speed broadband connectivity, our city can entice more corporate headquarters while offering small and midsized businesses the tools to successfully navigate complex and rapidly changing technology.” CenturyLink uses Fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology to provide speeds of up to 1 Gbps to businesses located near the company’s fiber network backbone or in fiber-fed multi-tenant unit office buildings. This high-speed broadband connectivity makes it easier for businesses to work in the cloud, upload and download large multimedia files, stream video content and back-up data in real time.

In addition to providing fiber connectivity, CenturyLink can manage a range of IT services for small and midsized business customers. CenturyLink’s Managed Office is a complete IT and phone system solution that includes managed voice, data, security, infrastructure and cloud-based business applications for a low monthly fee.

Managed services from CenturyLink are designed for businesses that want enterprise-class IT capabilities yet do not have enough in-house time or expertise to implement and maintain new technology. CenturyLink handles the day-to-day work of installing, managing and updating IT systems on behalf of businesses, which enables them to shift internal resources to more strategic projects.

Business customers can visit www.centurylink.com/Phoenix to learn more about CenturyLink’s fiber-based services, including speeds up to 1 Gbps, and to determine if service is available in their location.    

In addition to business 1 Gbps service, CenturyLink also offers broadband service up to 1 Gbps to residential customers in Phoenix. For more information on residential gigabit service and to find out where these speeds are available, customers can go to www.centurylink.com/gigabit.