2013

CenturyLink receives five ATLANTIC-ACM Best-in-Class awards

Customers across the nation again rated CenturyLink Best-in-Class among U.S. wholesale carriers. This is the eighth consecutive year CenturyLink has been recognized by ATLANTIC-ACM, winning five best-in-class awards which were presented at the COMPTEL PLUS convention in Orlando, Florida.

The ATLANTIC-ACM 2013 U.S. Metro Wholesale Carrier Report Card is based on the results of extensive customer research. CenturyLink received top honors within the large service provider group for customer service, sales representatives, provisioning, billing and data value.

According to ALTANTIC-ACM, network quality remains the top driver of purchase decisions. These awards help set CenturyLink apart from the competition, and reflect its long-standing commitment to providing the best solutions and the best customer experience in its industry.

CenturyLink Awarded Partner of the Year at the Juniper Networks Global Partner Conference

CenturyLink was named North American Partner of the Year by Juniper Networks at their Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas. The Juniper Partner Awards recognize outstanding achievements and commitment from the company’s top partners in the areas of sales, customer service excellence, technology expertise and service specializations.

CenturyLink’s deployment of CPE solutions as an enabler for new managed services in 2012 helped the company to achieve Partner of the Year, one of Juniper’s top honors.

Savvis, A CenturyLink Company, Named Americas VMware Service Provider Partner of the Year

Savvis, a CenturyLink company and a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, was named the Americas recipient of a VMware Partner Network Award in the Service Provider Partner of the Year for 2013 awards.

Savvis, A CenturyLink Company, wins 2013 American Society for Training and Development Award

Savvis, A CenturyLink Company, was recognized by the American Society for Training and Development with a BEST Award. The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development. They use the learning function as a strategic business tool to get results.

CenturyLink Wins 2013 Cisco Partner Awards; Savvis, A CenturyLink Company, Named Managed Service Partner of the Year

CenturyLink received five Cisco Partner Summit Global awards including Service Provider Partner of the Year, the program’s top honor.

Savvis, a CenturyLink company and global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions, received the Architectural Excellence: Data Center award and contributed to CenturyLink being named Managed Service Partner of the Year.

Savvis, A CenturyLink Company, Named 2013 CA Partner of the Year

Savvis and the savvisdirect platform were named CA Technologies’ AppLogic Partner of the Year as part of the company’s 2013 CA Technologies Partner for Impact Awards.

CEEDA: Certified Energy Efficient Data Center Awards – Savvis, A CenturyLink Company, receives Silver Award for LO3

BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, awarded Savvis a Silver Certified Energy Efficient Data Center Award for its LO3 London Docklands data center. Savvis is the seventh organization in the world to demonstrate its leadership in sustainability and data center energy efficiency by earning a CEEDA honor, which is administered by DCProfessionals on behalf of BCS.

Savvis, A CenturyLink Company, receives Carbon Trust Standard

​All of Savvis’ UK data centers have been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard. This recognizes Savvis’ ongoing efforts to ensure its operational procedures are as energy efficient as possible in its LO1, LO3, LO5 and LO6 data centers in London, Slough and Reading.

The Carbon Trust Standard is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading certifier of organizational carbon footprint reduction. The certification has been achieved as a result of Savvis’ long-term commitment to reducing its carbon and the associated energy costs. Savvis is one of a small number of cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions companies to achieve this standard across all of its UK facilities.

2010 - 2013

CenturyLink Awarded 2012 Partner of the Year by Ciena

CenturyLink was named the 2012 Partner of the Year by Ciena. CenturyLink was honored for its deployment of new managed services in 2012, including its Professional Network Operations Center (ProNOC) offering. ProNOC is a comprehensive network management technology and maintenance solution that allows enterprise customers to focus on their core business priorities and avoid costly IT resource investments.

Savvis, A CenturyLink Company, wins 2012 American Society for Training and Development Award

Savvis, A CenturyLink Company, was recognized by the American Society for Training and Development with a BEST Award. The BEST Awards recognize organizations that demonstrate enterprise-wide success as a result of employee learning and development. They use the learning function as a strategic business tool to get results.

CenturyLink Wins U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Carrier Excellence Award from ATLANTIC-ACM

CenturyLink received the 2012 U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Carrier Excellence Award for Brand from telecommunications research consultancy ATLANTIC-ACM. ATLANTIC-ACM surveyed hundreds of domestic long haul wholesale customers in its annual U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Report Card to determine Carrier Excellence award winners.

The 2012 ATLANTIC-ACM U.S. Long Haul Wholesale Report Card is an impartial, market-wide customer feedback study of domestic wholesale providers. Customers were asked to rank wholesale service providers in categories that include brand, sales representatives, provisioning, network performance, billing, customer service, and numerous product quality and price competitiveness categories. The Brand award is measured by customer ratings of carriers’ reputations for quality and service.

“CenturyLink’s 2012 win for Brand maintains the company’s trend of earning positive wholesale customer recognition,” said Fedor Smith, ATLANTIC-ACM President. “CenturyLink’s latest addition to its wholesale accolades underscores respondents’ perceptions that CenturyLink continues to reliably deliver wholesale services.”

Gartner, Inc. recognizes Savvis, a CenturyLink company, as a leader in two cloud-focused Magic Quadrants: Managed Hosting and Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service

Leading industry analyst firm Gartner, Inc. has positioned Savvis, a CenturyLink company and global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises, in the Leaders quadrant in both the Magic Quadrant for Managed Hosting and the Magic Quadrant for Public Cloud Infrastructure as a Service.

Savvis’ flexible enterprise cloud services are designed and deployed to meet a broad range of global computing needs. From integrated and hybrid cloud designs to fully virtualized cloud data center solutions, Savvis cloud services deliver business agility and can transform enterprises through maximum scalability and security, seamless migration, a flexible engagement model and superior performance for even the most mission-critical of business requirements.

The evaluation for both reports was based on vendors’ completeness of vision, including market understanding, offering strategy and innovation, among other criteria. The Magic Quadrant also assesses ability to execute, which includes capabilities, overall viability and customer experience.

About the Magic Quadrant: Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Network World names Savvis, a CenturyLink company, to its listing of the 10 most powerful IaaS companies

Network World assembled a list of the 10 most powerful IaaS companies with help from analysts at Cloud Technology Partners, Current Analysis, Enterprise Strategy Group, Gartner, IDC and Neovise who watch the public cloud Infrastructure as a Service scene very closely. Each was asked to name the companies they believed have the most influence -- whether that’s measured in market share, mind share, revenue, existing enterprise pull or underlying technology links -- in drawing enterprise customers into the realm of public cloud infrastructure.

Savvis, a CenturyLink company, markets its VMware-driven public cloud IaaS called Symphony Virtual Private Data Center alongside its private cloud offering and with the optional managed services it has already built its enterprise reputation upon. The company offers tiered levels of services, service level agreements and prices to match those levels. The company has put a huge emphasis on deep security and a unified portal across all of its services. The combination puts Savvis in the top five market share leaders in the VMware public cloud IaaS space.
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SearchCloudComputing.com ranked Savvis, a CenturyLink company, third on its list of the top 10 cloud computing providers of 2012

SearchCloudComputing.com ranked Savvis, a CenturyLink company, third on its list of the top 10 cloud computing providers of 2012. One of three telcos to make this year’s list, CenturyLink demonstrated how serious it is about becoming a top-tier cloud services player when it purchased Savvis last year. Last year’s number three provider was IBM.

SearchCloudComputing.com is the Web's most comprehensive resource for cloud computing news, analysis and case studies. The site provides IT professionals with real-world examples of how cloud computing is being used today.

Newsweek recognizes CenturyLink with Green Ranking (2010-2012)

The Green Rankings comprehensively assess the environmental performance of the largest publicly-traded companies in the United States and around the world. Centurylink placed 215 out of the top 500 U.S. companies in 2012 and jumped in its ranking in 2011 to 201 from 408 in 2010.

CenturyLink Business Markets Group Wins Best-in-Class Awards from ATLANTIC-ACM

CenturyLink earned two “Best-in-Class” Business Services awards, based on the 2011 Business Connectivity Report Card by ATLANTIC-ACM, a leading telecommunications research consultancy and benchmarking firm.

ATLANTIC-ACM recognized CenturyLink’s Business Markets Group for excellence based on customer feedback in two key areas: ILEC/IXC Billing and ILEC/IXC Enterprise Voice Value.

CenturyLink is the third-largest telecommunications company in the United States as a result of its acquisition of Qwest. This marks the fifth consecutive year CenturyLink or Qwest has won at least two Business Services awards, and the fourth consecutive year CenturyLink or Qwest has taken the award for Billing.

"In addition to clinching two Business Services awards, CenturyLink was top-rated for Metro Private Line (Speeds DS1 and below) for both Quality and Price Competitiveness, and Long Haul Private Line (Speeds DS3 and above) Price Competitiveness,” said Dr. Judy Reed Smith, chief executive officer, ATLANTIC-ACM. “Such widespread customer satisfaction across operations and products serves as a true testament to customers’ admiration for CenturyLink’s range of business services."

The awards resulted from ATLANTIC-ACM’s annual Business Connectivity Report Card. The Report Card evaluates telecommunications carriers in key performance areas based on approximately 3,500 customer ratings.

ATLANTIC-ACM Metro Report Card names CenturyLink Wholesale Markets Group Best-in-Class

CenturyLink earned Best-in-Class honors from customers across the nation who were surveyed for the ATLANTIC-ACM Metro Wholesale Report Card. CenturyLink Wholesale won five of the firm’s Best-in-Class awards in the Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier (ILEC) category: Customer Service, Network Performance, Data Value, Provisioning and Sales Representatives.

With the integration of Qwest into CenturyLink, this marks the sixth consecutive year for this Wholesale Markets Group to be recognized with Best-in-Class awards.

ATLANTIC-ACM is an international strategy consulting and research firm focusing on the emerging and converging telecommunications and multimedia industries worldwide.

CenturyLink and Savvis Earn Spots on 2011 InformationWeek 500 List of Top Technology Innovators Across America

CenturyLink and Savvis, a CenturyLink company, were included in the 2011 InformationWeek 500, an annual listing of the nation’s most innovative users of business technology. The 2011 list was revealed at an awards ceremony at the InformationWeek Conference in Dana Point, California.

CenturyLink was recognized for its ability to develop and deliver the technology to keep up with the company’s continued growth as a result of its merger with Embarq in 2009 and with Qwest in 2011.

Savvis was recognized by InformationWeek 500 for leveraging the social networking Jive software in a project that connects internally between company employees and externally with strategic clients through shared documents, blogs, forums, wikis and user profiles.

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation’s most innovative users of information technology with its annual listing and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America’s best-known companies. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate IT rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

"For 23 years, the InformationWeek 500 has chronicled and honored the most innovative users of business technology,” said InformationWeek Editor in Chief Rob Preston. “In this day and age, however, being innovative isn’t enough. Companies and their IT organizations need to innovate faster than ever before to stay a step or two ahead of their customers, partners, and competitors. This year’s ranking placed special emphasis on those high-octane business technology innovators."

CenturyLink receives 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award

CenturyLink received the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to public sector employers – for its exceptional support of employees serving in the Guard and Reserve.

The Freedom Award recognizes the support given to Guard and Reserve employees by Qwest Communications, which was acquired by CenturyLink in April 2011. Qwest had previously won the Freedom Award at the state level for three consecutive years. CenturyLink is among 15 organizations receiving the national award this year from a field of more than 4,000 nominations submitted by service members or their families.

In another recognition of its commitment to employees who also served in the military, CenturyLink was named to the list of 45 Great Employers for Vets by Military Times EDGE. The magazine determined the list based on survey responses from Fortune 1000 companies and top government contractors that rated the employers on their vet-friendliness in three areas: recruiting, corporate culture and reserve policies.

According to Military Times EDGE, “We looked for companies that could prove they make veterans a priority – not just with slogans and statements of support, but with programs, policies and positive track records.”

ATLANTIC-ACM bestows upon CenturyLink Wholesale Operations Best-in-Class Awards

CenturyLink Wholesale Operations earned Best-in-Class awards for the fourth consecutive year, based on the 2010 Metro Wholesale Carrier Report Card study by ATLANTIC-ACM, a leading telecommunications research consultancy and benchmarking firm.

ATLANTIC-ACM recognized CenturyLink Wholesale Operations for excellence in the area of Sales Representatives for a third consecutive year and Billing for the second consecutive year. The awards are given to carriers based on direct feedback from their wholesale customers.

“CenturyLink’s wins in Sales Representatives and Billing reflect well on the company’s efforts to maintain a high standard when it comes to customer experience,” said Fedor Smith, president of ATLANTIC-ACM. “What is truly impressive is that CenturyLink won both of these awards in the study last year, and its legacy company Embarq won the Customer Service award in 2008 - clearly, they have a long-standing commitment to serving their customers.”

Qwest (acquired by CenturyLink in 2011) won Carrier Excellence Awards for Customer Service, Data Value, Performance, Network, Billing (tied) and Provisioning in 2010, as well as receiving the highest numerical average ratings of metro wholesale customers’ opinions for their Local Circuit Switched Voice Quality and SONET Ring Quality. In 2009, Qwest received Best-in-Class awards for Enterprise Data Value, Small-Business Data Value, Network Performance, Enterprise Voice Value, Provisioning, Billing and Sales Representatives and Quality of Data Solution.

Avaya names CenturyLink Service Provider Partner of the Year

CenturyLink has been named the 2010 Service Provider Partner of the Year by Avaya. The award was announced at the Avaya 2011 America’s Partner Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Avaya is a global leader in business communications software, systems and services. This prestigious award, earned in the first year of CenturyLink’s channel partner agreement with Avaya, was given based on the company’s ability to fully certify and train more than 500 sales and professional engineer and technician resources, growth in revenue performance of 110 percent and internal deployment of Avaya technology.

“CenturyLink has risen to the top despite operating during economically challenging times in our country and has continued to invest their time and resources in advancing their Avaya expertise,” said Sandy Preizler, vice president, Service Provider Channels, Avaya. “As a result, they were rewarded by both the market and now, by Avaya.”

Bloomberg Businessweek ranks CenturyLink 7th among Tech 100

For the 12th year, Bloomberg Businessweek has ranked the top performing tech companies in the world. CenturyLink was ranked #7 – a member of the prestigious digital elite.

Cisco Systems, Inc. recognized the Business Markets Group (BMG) division of Qwest (acquired by CenturyLink in 2011) with U.S. and Canada Service Provider Cisco Capital Partner of the Year, Service Provider Advanced Technology Partner of the Year and West Region SLED Partner of the Year.

Cisco Systems, Inc. recognized the Business Markets Group (BMG) division of Qwest (acquired by CenturyLink in 2011) with U.S. and Canada Service Provider Cisco Capital Partner of the Year, Service Provider Advanced Technology Partner of the Year and West Region SLED Partner of the Year. In 2009, Cisco Systems, Inc. recognized the BMG with US and Canada Provider Partner of the Year, Advanced Technology Partner of the Year and Services Partner of the Year.

Nemertes PilotHouse Award for Top Provider of Carrier Ethernet Services for a Market Challenger given to Qwest

Nemertes Research interviewed more than 2,000 IT decision makers and asked them to rate Ethernet providers. Qwest (acquired by CenturyLink in 2011) received the highest rating for customer service of any provider and the highest overall score among Ethernet Market Challengers, winning the prestigious Pilothouse Award. In 2009 Qwest received awards for Top Provider - Best Overall, Best Value and Best Customer Service.

CenturyLink a member of the FTSE4Good Index Series

The FTSE4Good Index Series has been designed to objectively measure the performance of companies that meet globally recognized corporate responsibility standards. Inclusion on the list is a reflection of meeting or exceeding FTSE standards; ranks are not assigned. Centurylink continues to be a member company of the FTSE4Good Index.

2009

ATLANTIC-ACM awards CenturyLink Wholesale Operations Best-in-Class Awards

CenturyLink was recognized by ATLANTIC ACM with four Wholesale “Best-in-Class” awards: Provisioning (three-time winner), Customer Service (two-time winner), Sales Representatives (two-time winner) and Billing.

Eastman Chemical Company names CenturyLink Supplier of the Year

CenturyLink was named by Eastman Chemical Company as the 2009 Supplier of the Year, the first time in Eastman’s 90-year history the honor has been awarded to a communications company. CenturyLink was selected from 6,000 global Eastman suppliers. Eastman is a global chemical company manufacturing and marketing a broad portfolio of chemicals, fibers and plastics.

2012

CenturyLink added to 2012 Circle of Stars – USO of Metropolitan Washington

The USO of Metropolitan Washington announced CenturyLink as a One Star Level in the Circle of Stars – one of USO-Metro’s top corporate donors. This elite award goes to companies that have gone above and beyond in support of the USO-Metro during 2012.

CenturyLink voted as Best ISP, Reader’s Choice Awards – Whitley County, Indiana

CenturyLink was again voted the #1 Internet Service Provider in Whitley County, Indiana, in the Post & Mail’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

CenturyLink named best ISP, Reader’s Choice Awards – Sussex County, New Jersey

CenturyLink was again voted the #1 Internet Service Provider in Sussex County, New Jersey and surrounding areas, in the New Jersey Herald’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

CenturyLink receives Optimism Award – United Way of Franklin County, North Carolina

CenturyLink was recognized for its long history of partnering with the United Way of Franklin County and for contributing to the success of their events.

CenturyLink receives Outstanding Support of Community Award – Youngsville Women’s Club of Youngsville, North Carolina

The Youngsville Women’s Club honored CenturyLink for its constant support in their charitable efforts.

CenturyLink receives 2012 Women’s Leadership Council Teamwork Award – United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

CenturyLink received the 2012 Women’s Leadership Council Teamwork Award for its Purses for a Purpose Auction, which raised money for local women’s and children’s programs.

CenturyLink named 2011-12 Top 100 Corporate Partner Award from the United Way of the National Capital Area

CenturyLink was recognized for its support of the United Way of the National Capital Area with their 2011-12 Top 100 Corporate Partner award.

CenturyLink named Best Internet Provider – New Jersey Herald

CenturyLink was voted the Best Internet Provider in northwest New Jersey, in the New Jersey Herald’s 6th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

Qwest named to Top 25 Large Company Philanthropists in Washington state – Puget Sound Business Journal

Qwest (acquired by CenturyLink in 2011) was honored in May as the one of the Top 25 Large Company Philanthropists in Washington state by the Puget Sound Business Journal. The Journal ranked companies by corporate and foundation cash giving in Washington for the 2010 calendar year.

2010

CenturyLink recognized with Above and Beyond Business Award – Citrus County, Florida

CenturyLink, along with Mike Fitzpatrick, area plant supervisor, was awarded the 2010 Above and Beyond Business Award from the Citrus County Chamber of Commerce located in Inverness, Florida.

CenturyLink named best ISP, Reader’s Choice Awards – Sussex County, New Jersey

CenturyLink was voted the #1 Internet Service Provider in Sussex County, New Jersey and surrounding areas, in the New Jersey Herald’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards. The list of winners was published May 16, 2010.

CenturyLink named best ISP, Reader’s Choice Awards – Whitley County, Indiana

CenturyLink was voted the #1 Internet Service Provider in Whitley County, Indiana, in the Post & Mail’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

CenturyLink receives Thomas H. Scott Award of Excellence – Monroe, Louisiana

CenturyLink received the 2010 Thomas H. Scott Award of Excellence for Corporate entities, an award presented to Monroe-based businesses for contributing to the local economy.

2009

CenturyLink Wins Arizona D-Backs Most Valuable Partner Award

The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team honored their biggest supporters, including CenturyLink, Thursday, January 17, 2013, at their second annual D-backs Most Valuable Partner Awards ceremony at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino, Phoenix, Arizona.

Readers choose CenturyLink for the Best Internet Service – Harnett County, North Carolina

CenturyLink has the best Internet services in Harnett County, North Carolina, according to readers of the Dunn Daily Record. With its quick speed for download and the capability for numerous Wi-Fi users under one roof, readers chose CenturyLink as the best.

CenturyLink named Top Telecom Service Provider by Minneapolis-St. Paul American City Business Journal

CenturyLink was ranked the number one telecom service provider on the American Business Journal’s Top 25 List published June 8, 2013.

CenturyLink named Best Place to Work by Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal

CenturyLink was named the Best Place to work by the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal in 2013.

CenturyLink named Southern Arizona Corporation of the Year

The Tucson Hispanic Chamber is proud to announce the selection of CenturyLink as the 2013 Southern Arizona Corporation of the Year. CenturyLink was selected for its leadership in serving the Hispanic market and serving as an example of the benefits of bicultural, bilingual enterprise.

CenturyLink named Best Internet Service Provider – Des Moines, Iowa

CenturyLink was awarded the Best Internet Service Provider award by the Des Moines Business Record in September.

CenturyLink receives Golden Hands Award from Asian American Chamber of Commerce

CenturyLink received the Golden Hands Award from the Asian American Chamber of Commerce in Apopka, Florida. The award is given for exemplary contributions of time, energy and dedication to a cause, project or community, without expectation of financial gain by the recipient, which embodies the highest spirit of caring and self giving.

CenturyLink named Corporate Member of the Year – New Bern, North Carolina Area Chamber of Commerce

CenturyLink was named Corporate Member of the Year by the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce. The company was cited for being a consistent and dependable supporter of Chamber events and its membership in the New Bern Military Alliance since it began in 2001.

CenturyLink named Member of the Year – Olive Branch, Mississippi Old Towne Association

CenturyLink was named 2009 Member of the Year by the Olive Branch Old Towne Association.

CenturyLink named Best of Charlott, Readers’ Choice Award – Port Charlotte, Florida

CenturyLink’s Port Charlotte/Punta Gorda Area retail store was presented with the 2009 Best of Charlotte Readers’ Choice Award for Internet provision.

CenturyLink receives SOAR (Seeking Opportunities Achieving Results) Business of the Year Award – San Marcos, Texas Chamber of Commerce

CenturyLink received the first ever SOAR (Seeking Opportunities Achieving Results) Business of the Year Award from the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce for “exemplary service and commitment to the community.” The award recognizes local educational collaborative efforts for encouraging increased educational attainment in the area. CenturyLink was a founding member of the San Marcos Educational Foundation and funds three scholarships to San Marcos High School seniors who choose to attend Texas State University in the city.

CenturyLink receives TIDE Award – Walton County, Florida (Fourth Quarter Award)

The TIDE Program recognizes and celebrates economic investment by businesses and organizations in Walton County. Two awards are presented quarterly by the Walton County Economic Development Alliance (WCEDA) to area businesses that made a tangible investment or improvement in buildings, equipment/machinery, or other business assets that resulted in the creation or retention of jobs, increase in tax base, and other forms of economic growth. The WCEDA also recognizes businesses that have made a long-term investment in Walton County by having operated successfully for a minimum of five years, and are in good standing with and have contributed to the community in which they conduct business.