Level 3 Communications has announced the availability of direct connectivity into global financial markets technology company BATS Europe, operator of a European Multilateral Trading Facility. This will give Level 3’s European financial services customers access to its international Tier 1 backbone and low-latency trading execution from Europe to North America.

The new offering includes options for metro and inter-city connectivity as well as direct connection to Level 3’s trans-Atlantic routes with diverse landing stations to better facilitate security and business continuity.

BATS Europe, launched in October 2008, is one of the leading pan-European markets.

"The tremendous growth of BATS Europe is a result of our forward-thinking approach to technology and understanding of the importance of fast, reliable global connectivity,” said Paul O’Donnell, COO at BATS Europe, in a statement. “We’re committed to providing communications access solutions to market participants that meet the rigorous demands of the financial trading industry. We’re pleased to include Level 3 among the providers from which our participants may choose to connect to BATS Europe.”

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