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CenturyLink to reduce annual power consumption by approximately 22,000 MW-hours
Energy savings could power approximately 2,000 homes annually
PR Newswire

MONROE, La., July 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) will reduce network power consumption by approximately 22,000 megawatt-hours a year through a network optimization project with Nokia.

Leveraging Nokia's fixed network professional services, CenturyLink will optimize its network performance, create energy efficiencies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"Our goal is to help ensure the long-term health of our environment, joining with businesses that are focusing on ways to promote and practice the intelligent use of resources," said Pieter Poll, CenturyLink senior vice president of infrastructure planning. "By optimizing our network, we will reduce Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) power consumption by 37 percent, which will be enough power to supply approximately 2,000 homes with electricity for a year and will also eliminate approximately 15,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas a year."

Part of a green initiative to consolidate more than 400,000 legacy PSTN subscriber lines, the project is expected to help reduce the power needed to run CenturyLink's legacy PSTN networks. Utilizing Nokia's PSTN Smart Transform migration service, processes and tools, CenturyLink will consolidate customers into a more energy efficient telephone switch configuration. More information about CenturyLink's sustainability efforts can be found in the 2015 CSR brochure:

"Having the right tools, processes and technology expertise in place is critical to efficiently manage more mature PSTN networks which can require a significant amount of resources, power and costs to run," said Federico Guillén, president of Fixed Networks, Nokia. "Working with CenturyLink, our services team was able to quickly identify the various switches in the network that could be consolidated which helps to drastically reduce power requirements and ultimately the overall carbon footprint required to run those networks."

About Nokia
Nokia is a global leader in the technologies that connect people and things. Powered by the innovation of Bell Labs and Nokia Technologies, the company is at the forefront of creating and licensing the technologies that are increasingly at the heart of our connected lives. With state-of-the-art software, hardware and services for any type of network, Nokia is uniquely positioned to help communication service providers, governments, and large enterprises deliver on the promise of 5G, the Cloud and the Internet of Things.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit CenturyLink for more information.

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