Facility Connected (FC) Collocation - V20.0
Facility Connected (FC) Collocation allows you to access Unbundled Network Elements (UNEs), Ancillary Services and Finished Services within a CenturyLink™ Central Office (CO) using an entrance facility without collocating equipment in the CO. FC Collocation takes place on a termination block or termination panel within the designated CO and is engineered by CenturyLink; terminating a copper or fiber cable at a demarcation point for cross-connection to the desired service facilitates interconnection or access to UNEs, Ancillary Services, or Finished Services.
FC Collocation is available where facilities exist throughout CenturyLink QC.
Terms and Conditions
Terms and conditions are included in your Interconnection Agreement, and if those terms differ from those set forth in this web, then the terms of your Interconnection Agreement may prevail.
Additional information regarding Collocation terms and conditions are located in the Terms and Conditions section of the Collocation - General Information.
CenturyLink performs the cross connection at the demarcation point based on information on the Alternate Point of Termination (APOT) form.
FC Collocation is available with the following configurations:
Copper Entrance Facility for termination and cross-connection to appropriate
Digital Service Level 0 (DS0) and Digital Service Level 1 (DS1) UNE services.
If the Copper Entrance facility is to be utilized for DS1 UNEs, you must provide two (2) CFA assignments and must transmit a Trunk Level 1 (T1) templated signal over the copper facility. DS1 Copper entrance facilities may be wired to a DS1 office repeater to remove line voltage before terminating on the Digital System Cross-Connect (DSX) panel. CenturyLink will install and charge for this repeater equipment.
- Fiber Entrance Facility termination and cross-connection to appropriate fiber UNEs
- Other levels of service such as DS1 or Digital Service Level 3 (DS3) with fiber are available using the Bona Fide Request (BFR) process.
All CenturyLink terminations on the Termination Frame or Termination Panel have a frame address. CenturyLink will establish and maintain frame or panel address records for CenturyLink terminations. You will be required to maintain your address records.
Protection from lightning or voltage is required for copper entrance facilities and require protection units on standard connector blocks on the distribution frame. CenturyLink will engineer and install this protection and bill you for these materials and labor as part of the FC Collocation request. All copper cables used for interconnection or access to UNEs, Ancillary Services, or Finished Services must come through a cable vault/entrance facility and have grounded/bonded sheaths.
You will be responsible for providing an entrance facility to Collocation - Point of Interconnection (C-POI).
Technical PublicationsCenturyLink's Technical Publications with reference to Collocation are located in the Technical Publications section of Collocation - General Information.
Collocation rate elements are located in the Pricing section of Collocation - General Information.
FC Collocation charges are based on the information you provided on your Collocation Application form and the work to be preformed. There are additional charges that are unique to FC Collocation and typically could appear on a FC Collocation quote:
Recurring charges are comprised of the following rate elements:
- Entrance Facility Charges
- Termination Block or Termination Panel Charges
Nonrecurring charges are comprised of the following rate elements:
- Engineering Charge
- Entrance Facility Charges
- Quote Preparation Fee (QPF)
- Termination Block or Termination Panel Charges
Wholesale rates for this product or service, including tariff references and any applicable discounts, are provided in your current Interconnection, Resale, Commercial or other governing agreement.
Tariffs, Regulations and Policies
Tariffs, regulations and policies are located in the state specific Tariffs/Catalogs/Price Lists.
Optional features are located in the Optional Features section of Collocation - General Information
|Access to local services using FC Collocation.||Allows you to access UNEs, Ancillary Services and Finished Services without placing equipment in the CO.|
Allows you to access UNEs, Ancillary Services and Finished Services without collocating in a CO.
If you are a new CLEC and are ready to do business with CenturyLink, view Getting Started as a Facility-Based CLEC. If you are an existing CLEC wishing to amend your Interconnection Agreement or New Customer Questionnaire, additional information is located in the Interconnection Agreement.
General pre-ordering activities are described in the Pre-Ordering section of Collocation - General Information.
General ordering activities are described in the Ordering section of Collocation - General Information.
To request FC Collocation in a particular CenturyLink CO use the FC Collocation Application form. Application and APOT(s) forms specific to Facility Connected Collocation can be found under Applications and APOT forms table in the Collocation - General Information.
Information on how to cancel a FC Collocation order already in progress is located in the Collocation - Cancellation Overview process. Collocation application forms can be found under Applications and APOT forms table in the Collocation - General Information.
Information on how to decommission a completed FC Collocation site is in the Remote/Adjacent/Facility Connected Application -Remote Collocation - Decommissioning Overview process. Collocation application forms can be found under Applications and APOT forms table in the Collocation - General Information.
The ability to request Collocation - Synchronization Testing Overview is also available with Facility Connected (FC) Collocation.
If Copper Entrance facility is to be utilized for DS1 UNEs you must also provide the following circuit transmission information on the Collocation Application:
- Length of cable between the Point of Interconnection (C-POI) and the CLEC repeater or equivalent unit
- Cable Gauge
- Whether the cable is screened or shielded. If neither, are the transmit and receive pairs in separate cables? If not, what is the binder group and pair information? You must provide sufficient pair separation when ordering DS1's to mitigate possible cross-talk problems (pursuant to Technical Publication, Interconnection and Collocation for Transport and Switched Unbundled Network Element and Finished Services, 77386
- Total simplex resistance of the cable plus the repeater power supply (this information should be provided in the Remarks section of your LSR or ASR)
Provisioning and Installation
General provisioning and installation activities are described in the Provisioning and Installation section of Collocation - General Information.
CenturyLink will perform continuity testing from the C-POI to the block or panel. Any problems following turnover will be resolved utilizing the Maintenance and Repair process.
Maintenance and Repair
General maintenance and repair activities are described in the Maintenance and Repair section of Collocation - General Information.
General billing activities are described in the Billing section of Collocation - General Information.
Local CenturyLink 101 "Doing Business With CenturyLink"
- This introductory web-based training course is designed to teach the Local CLEC and Local Reseller how to do business with CenturyLink. It will provide a general overview of products and services, CenturyLink billing and support systems, processes for submitting service requests, reports, and web resource access information. Click here for Course detail and registration information.
- This self-directed, web-based product-training course provides you with an overview of Collocation concepts, features, requirements, configurations, entrance facility options, test points, and policies. Click here to learn more about this course and to register.
View additional CenturyLink courses in the Course Catalog.
CenturyLink contact information is located in Wholesale Customer Contacts.
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Last Update: November 4, 2011