First Quantum Minerals uses Level 3 network to connect global mining locations

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) said it is providing First Quantum Minerals Ltd. with a global network that is enabling cost-effective and reliable communications for its key mining sites across the world.

FQML operates in remote locations around the world, where reliable communications are either limited or non-existent. In 2011, the company contracted with Level 3 to consolidate a number of its legacy communication providers globally, using Level 3´s Multi-Protocol Label Switching network, linking offices and datacenters in Europe, North America and Canada to operations in remotes parts of Finland and Perth (Australia).

Today, through a combination of the latest fixed-line and satellite technology, and an extensive partner network in region, Level 3 is connecting its global MPLS to FQML´s mines in remote areas of Africa and South America. This robust network supports the use of data-intensive applications and provides on-site staff with critical business applications, as well as high-bandwidth Internet connectivity.

First Quantum Minerals Ltd. operates seven mines and five projects worldwide. The company currently produces copper, nickel, gold, zinc and platinum group elements. Its website is at www.first-quantum.com

Level 3 Communications provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. For more information, visit www.level3.com

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