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We have helped many organizations, like yours, that are constantly seeking to understand and leverage new digital technologies to stay competitive, improve the user experience and/or drive disruption in your industry while controlling costs. Customer core business challenges and objectives drive digital transformation efforts—or the adoption of these new technologies. Organizations must implement agile IT environments that are simple, secure, scalable, and high-performance, to meet rapidly changing business demands.

As your strategic partner for empowering your technologies to help achieve your business objectives and drive digital transformation efforts, we are here to help—whether to improve efficiencies, enhance agility, improve security and mitigate risk, or enable a differentiated customer experience. Helping organizations to implement agile IT environments that are simple, secure, scalable, and high-performance, to meet rapidly changing business demands is in our DNA. Our experts are always here to help you understand your opportunities and solution the right components and systems to help you compete stronger.

Our expertise and experience spans business connectivity, infrastructure, data science, and security integrated within our comprehensive portfolio of Networking, Hybrid IT and Cloud, Voice and Unified Communications, Managed and IT Services and Security delivering agile, simplified end-to-end solutions to help you achieve your business and technology objectives of today and into the future.

Connecting the digital business

Organizations around the world trust Lumen with the reliability of their networking and hybrid cloud solutions to help enable workforces to compete stronger and drive better results. As your strategic partner empowering your technology for achieving your digital business goals, Lumen understands that the confluence of business agility, efficiency and security relies on the strength of your foundational infrastructure.

Our certified Consulting and Managed Services expertise combined with our global portfolio of Adaptive Networking, Hybrid Cloud, Voice & Unified Communications, and Security offerings allow us to deliver comprehensive and inherently secure solutions for full-scale agility, efficiency, and simplified management.

Whether you’re looking to simplify your IT environment, reduce risk, drive faster innovation, or differentiate your customer experience, our experts assess your needs and offer solutions to help you compete stronger today and into the future.

Networking

Every business is unique and creating the right networking ecosystem to accomplish your organization’s user experience, resiliency and security objectives is paramount. Lumen adaptive networking solutions are inherently secure and high-performing for powering your voice, video and data applications. We deliver both public and private connectivity options via fiber or the public cloud, to help ensure reliable and secure access whenever and virtually wherever you need.

We can help you remove business risk by offering managed and co-managed solutions that provide the tools, technology and expertise needed for design, deployment, configuration, management, service migration, vendor management and technical support across the entire WAN solution, while you maintain agility with full visibility and control.

Hybrid cloud

The efficiency and agility gains of cloud computing have redefined what digital transformation really means. As your trusted advisor with design, implementation and support expertise, Lumen can help you drive your transformation. With expansive connections to premier cloud service providers worldwide, and multi-cloud management tools and services, our hybrid cloud solutions give you both choice and control to drive improved governance, simplify your environment and efficiently expand for driving new market innovation.

Voice & unified communication

Today’s most effective businesses implement purpose-built approaches for effective collaboration among employees, partners and end-customers. Lumen can help you design, implement and support solutions for driving more efficient and secure communication and collaboration solutions throughout your organization. From application uptime and accessibility for your global workforce, to TDM to VoIP, and a full suite of collaboration tools and API capabilities, Lumen can help you lower costs and increase productivity.

Security

As the cyber threat landscape continues to advance, you can’t afford to have a false sense of security. To help ensure the security and resiliency of your environment and data, Lumen delivers a holistic approach to its adaptive security solutions, one that is integrated throughout your business’ network connectivity, hosting infrastructure, applications and end-point devices. Our multi-layered approach to assess, predict, protect and respond to threats, combined with the comprehensive view we provide across your IT landscape allows for proactive risk mitigation of your end-to-end ecosystem.

Managed & IT services

Whether by driving efficiencies, supporting new innovations or by protecting existing assets, IT organizations are required to contribute to the business’ bottom line objectives. With Lumen as your trusted advisor—delivering comprehensive managed services and consulting expertise—your IT organization can rapidly evolve to support the business. Our certified network and hybrid hosting experts can help you design and manage your environment more efficiently, and our accredited data science experts can help you cultivate a data-driven culture throughout your organization for enabling smarter decision-making and improved innovation that drives increased ROI.

Across every step of service setup and delivery, we want you to access the most knowledgeable resources. We will assign you an account director or relationship manager, as well as other support resources to help ensure we deliver a great customer experience.

Account director (AD) or relationship manager

Your account director provides you with information about Lumen services and is your overall point of contact for Lumen sales. They are responsible for gathering and confirming your requirements so they can submit your order. They will also work with you to execute all quotes and orders for additional Lumen services, as well as helping you through the credit-application process.

Client support manager (CSM)

Your client support manager is responsible for your lifecycle management needs, including your first bill review and any billing concerns, point of contact for issues and escalating trouble tickets as needed, regular business reviews of your account and general account maintenance.

Sales engineer (SE)

Your sales engineer works with you to identify options and define technical requirements for implementing your services. They are responsible for understanding your existing network, key locations, and potential needs. Your sales engineer brings your business needs and technology challenges together with the Lumen range of services and capabilities for a technically sound and cost-effective solution. They also manage the engineering portion of your service quote as well as the inventory and capacity process for your new order.

Customer care manager (CCM)

Your CCM helps ensure your experience with Lumen is a very positive one. Your CCM's name, phone number and email address appears on your order acknowledgement letter. Your CCM can help you with any inquiries you may have regarding your order, keep you informed of the status every step of the way from a holistic viewpoint, and will act as an advocate on your behalf. They are your contact throughout the lifecycle of your order and will manage your order from order submittal to customer acceptance, and they will communicate with you at key milestones and updates. If you have questions about your order, feel free to reach out to your CCM.

Lumen understands the service-delivery process can be complicated. We are committed to making it easy for you by communicating with you every step of the way and giving you the visibility, you need to manage your orders:

  • Lumen partners with you to make sure we have all the correct information to prepare your order for accurate and timely delivery.

  • Lumen validates the network resources necessary to meet your requirements and determines when we can complete your service.

  • Lumen notifies you as your order progresses towards activation.

  • Lumen provisions, configures, and tests our network to enable proper function and performance of your services.

  • Depending on the type of product you ordered, you connect your equipment and activate your service or Lumen works with you to schedule a coordinated activation.

Customer care manager (CCM)

Your customer care manager monitors your order to ensure progress is being made toward the delivery of your service, answers any questions about your order, keeps you informed of the status, and acts as an advocate on your behalf.

Contact your customer care manager for any additional questions or for information on standard implementation intervals, order modification charges, and expedite fees.

Lumen is dedicated to providing you with 24/7 support for all your installed services. We embrace a strong operational philosophy that is customer-focused and highly responsive. Strict performance metrics drive our internal organizations to deliver quality service to you on a consistent basis. In the event an issue arises with your service, Lumen works quickly to resolve any issues. We know time is critical when you are experiencing an outage or service impairment and we focus our technical expertise on restoring service as quickly as possible while keeping you informed of progress, so you can focus on managing your business.

Our technicians

Once your Lumen service has been installed, a technician will be your point of contact for service-related issues. Our technicians are trained to quickly address technical issues and will provide start-to-finish accountability. Your technician may initiate several tests and processes to determine the root cause of the issue and will either resolve the issue or collaborate with internal or external fix agents such as Lumen field technicians, other internal technicians or external vendors, to resolve the issue.

Opening and monitoring a trouble/repair ticket

Lumen makes it easy for you to interact with our repair team when you need them. You can reach a technician anytime, 24/7. The link below is your one-stop shop for all your repair needs:

You can also submit a ticket online. You will receive a ticket number to track progress.

Planned network maintenance

Lumen performs scheduled maintenance to maintain and grow the network. Scheduled maintenance is planned with as little customer impact and with as much advanced notice as possible. We are committed to using standardized methods and procedures for efficient and prompt handling of all changes to minimize the adverse impact of change-related incidents upon service quality.

Lumen sends customers email notifications with:

  • description of the work and why it must occur
  • date and time of the scheduled maintenance
  • list of the impacted services
  • expected impact to the listed services
  • location of the maintenance
  • status of the maintenance
  • contact information for questions

Support contact information

Lumen uses a global change request (GCR) network maintenance number as the unique ID for network maintenance. For questions regarding a GCR, contact our Change Management team:

Former CenturyLink Former Level 3
Enterprise: 800-860-1020 or care.inquiry@centurylink.com 877-453-8353, option 2, then 1 or billing@centurylink.com
National Wholesale: 800-335-5672 or wholesale.dispute@centurylink.com

Our live billing support is available from 7:00am–7:00pm CT; National Wholesale from 8:00am–5:00pm CT.

E-mails are acknowledged within 48 business hours.

If you don't have portal access, contact your Lumen representative to register. For help using Control Center, contact our portal support team:

Partial month billing

If your bill only includes a partial month, charges are prorated based on the beginning or ending dates of the services.

Paperless billing

We’re committed to making it easy to do business with us and now Lumen can help you go paperless. Each month, you’ll get a bill-ready email with a link to view your bill details or pay your bill online. When you sign up, you’ll receive your invoice sooner, reduce the time you spend with paper invoices, and help the environment.

Accounts managed in Control Center

Control Center gives you access to critical business information anytime, day or night. It provides an easy, flexible way to view invoices, manage tickets, check order status, and more.

Using Control Center

Control Center uses a hierarchy of enterprise IDs and accounts to display your organization's services (including invoices, orders, and tickets). You assign permissions to users to access those enterprise IDs and accounts, and then grant permissions for what tasks a user can access. If a user can access more than one enterprise ID, you can add the same username to each enterprise ID so the user can toggle between enterprise IDs rather than having to log in and out using separate usernames. A user can also set a default enterprise ID so that data always loads first when they log in.

Need to register for Control Center?

You can register yourself for access to Control Center or contact your Lumen representative to get help:

What can Control Center provide you?

Comprehensive inventory view

  • Create a customizable view of your services
  • See your services on a map with indicators of sites that have open tickets or orders
  • View a recent history of your trouble tickets, orders, billing inquiries and disputes

On-depand order capabilities

  • View order status and track service progress
  • Create, cancel and change orders in real time for TN-based services
  • Submit change or disconnect requests for your services as your business needs evolve

Convenient, secure billing

  • View, download and pay your invoices easily online
  • Submit and manage billing inquiries and disputes

Robust reports and network tools

  • Monitor network performance
  • View utilization and real-time statistics for your services
  • Create, view, update, escalate or cancel trouble tickets, field tech requests, and portal support tickets; view ticket history for performance trending
  • View the maintenance calendar and maintenance activities across services

Help using Control Center

In Control Center, click the help icon at the top of any page to access our support library or use the “Walk Me Through” feature at the bottom of every page for step-by-step navigation.  You can access help content for Control Center outside the portal as well:

Remembering all the new terms you've been introduced to can be daunting. Below, is a list to help you keep track:

BTN Billing telephone number: number associated with your billing.
CCD Customer commit date: the date that Lumen expects to deliver service to you.
CNR Customer not ready: status assigned by Lumen when you do not respond or are unable to test; can also be applied when submitting a DLR after the required deadline.
CPA Customer provided access: termination at the customer’s premises.
CRD Customer requested due date
DLR Design layout report/record: the detailed design path of a completed circuit including all equipment and network components from one end of the circuit to another
GCR Global change request: network maintenance events schedule by Lumen with notification provided to customers who may be affected.
ICB Individual case basis: a determination upon analysis of your specific type of service and requirements.
LEC Local exchange carrier: Verizon, BT, AT&T.
LNP Local number portability: a Lumen group that manages the transfer of your local phone numbers.
MRC Monthly recurring charges: charges that are billed every month on your account.
MSA Master service agreement: a contract that documents the terms and conditions applicable to your services.
MTTR Mean time to restoration: a standard measurement for service restoration.
NID Network interface device
NOC Network Operation Center
NRC Non-recurring charges: a one-time charge on your account (e.g., activation fee).
NSA Non-service affecting: any scheduled maintenance that will not impact your service.
Off-Net Off-network: connection to a third-party provider to reach the Lumen network.
On-Net On-network: connected directly to the Lumen network.
PSA Potentially service affecting: any scheduled maintenance activity that has a potential of impacting your service even if no impact is expected.
SA Service affecting: any scheduled maintenance activity that will directly impact your service.
SE Sales engineer: your point of contact for network design strategy and technical service guidance and information.
TAE Technical assurance engineers: your contact for gathering technical details for your service order.
TDM Time division multiplexer: a device which derives multiple channels on a single transmission facility by connecting bit streams one at a time at regular intervals.

Latin America (LATAM)

Country Toll-free number Local number Description
Argentina 0800-800-5383 +54-11-5170-5383
  • Option 1: Data, Voice, Internet

  • Option 2: Network Management

  • Option 3: Data Center, Security, Cloud

  • Option 4: Managed Voice, Managed Video Conferencing, Enhanced Video Collaboration, CDN, Vyvx
Brazil 0800-887-3333 +55-11-3957-2288
Chile 800-360-303 +56-22-422-5803
Colombia 01-8000-117997 +57(1)-611-9013
Ecuador 1800-400-408 +593-2-400-5080
Mexico 01-800-999-1422 +52-55-2581-6333
Peru 0800-7-0662 +51-1-705-5777
Country Toll-free number Local number Description
Costa Rica
Panama
USA

+1-800-467-7288 +1-305-808-6010 Data, Voice, CDN
Network Management, Managed Voice, Managed Video, Enhanced Video Collaboration
+55-11-3957-2288,  option 4 Vyvx (USA local support)
Country Toll-free number Local number Description
Venezuela 0800-285-8300 +58-212-204-9378
+58-212-600-9800
+58-212-204-9351
+58-212-204-9364
Data, Voice, CDN
+212-204-9306 Managed Voice, Managed Video, Enhanced Video Collaboration
0800-134-1064 +55-11-3957-2288 Vyvx (USA local support)

Asia/Pacific

Location Number(s) Options
Australia 1800-084-284
+61-2-9053-9615 (Sydney)
+61-3-9070-6497 (Melbourne)
  1. National Data
    IP
    Infrastructure
    Voice
    Managed Services
    SD-WAN

  2. Legacy Level 3 EMEA Operations Center

  3. Legacy Level 3 Managed Security

  4. Legacy CenturyLink Managed Security

  5. CDN

  6. Network Maintenance
Cambodia 1-800-881-001
(To connect, enter access code 8886624685.)
China 400-120-4545
(Accessible from both fixed and mobile networks within China.)
Hong Kong SAR, China 800-962-486
+852-3018-6662
India 1-800-266-6320
Indonesia 001-803-0160-980 (PT Indosat)
007-803-0206-263 (PT Telkom)
Japan 0120-914-291
+81-3-4577-4646
Korea 007-981-4203-0980
Malaysia 1800-817-472
New Zealand 0800-451-236
Pakistan 00-800-01001
Philippines 1800-1110-1861 (PLDT)
1800-8918-0101 (Globe)
Singapore 800-101-3231
+65-3157-7419
Sri Lanka
2-430-430
2-423-052
112-430-430 (Outside Colombo)
Taiwan 0809-090-817
Thailand 001-800-156-203-0756
(Requires international calls access.)
Vietnam 1201-0288 (VTI & VNPT)
1216-50004 (Mobifone)

Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA)

DDoS mitigation requests

For customers who are currently under DDoS attack, or who believe they are under imminent attack, Lumen offers a direct line to our Global Security Operations Centers. If you're a new security customer, contact your Lumen representative.

Global SOC (24/7 Security Operations Center)
877-453-8353, option 1, then 2, then 4, then 1, then 2

EMEA support for DDoS migitation

UK (toll-free) Germany (toll-free)
+44 800-528-8353 (option 1, then 2, then 4, then 1, then 2) +49-800-723-8963 (option 1, then 2, then 4, then 1, then 2)

Countries represented in EMEA

  • Albania
  • Algeria
  • Andorra
  • Angola
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Belarus
  • Belgium
  • Benin
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Bulgaria
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cameroon
  • Cape Verde
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Chanel Isles
  • Comoros
  • Congo
  • Congo, The Democratic Republic of the
  • Cote D’Ivoire
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Estonia
  • Ethiopia
  • Faroe Islands
  • Finland
  • France
  • French Guiana
  • French Southern Territories
  • Gabon
  • Gambia
  • Georgia
  • Germany
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Guadeloupe
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Holy See (Vatican City State)
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Iraq
  • Ireland
  • Isle of Man
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvia
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Malta
  • Martinique
  • Mauritania
  • Mauritius
  • Moldova, Republic of
  • Monaco
  • Montenegro
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Netherlands
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Palestinian Territory Occupied
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Reunion (French Island)
  • Romania
  • Russian Federation
  • Rwanda
  • San Marino
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Serbia
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Somalia
  • South Africa
  • South Sudan
  • Spain
  • Svalbard and Jan Mayen
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tajikistan
  • Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Togo
  • Tonga
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uganda
  • Ukraine
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • Uzbekistan
  • Western Sahara
  • Yemen
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe