Level 3 Communications Inc is a Delaware corporation, incorporated in 1941 as Peter Kiewit Sons', Inc. It is a facilities based provider of a range of integrated communications services. The Company has created its communications network generally by constructing its own assets, but also through a combination of purchasing and leasing other companies and facilities. The Company's network is a, facilities based communications network. The Company designed its network to provide communications services, which employ and take advantage of rapidly improving underlying optical, Internet Protocol, computing and storage technologies. The Company comprised of one reportable segment representing its communications services business. The Company's communications service offerings include: Internet Protocol and data services including Internet access and IP and Ethernet Virtual Private Networks and broadband transport services such as wavelengths, dark fiber and private line services includes transoceanic, backhaul, intercity, metro and unprotected private line services; content distribution services including caching and downloading, streaming as well as video broadcast services; colocation services; and Softswitch and voice services including wholesale VoIP component services, enterprise or business voice services, wholesale voice origination and termination services and managed modem for the dial-up access business. Through acquisitions and research and development, the Company has approximately 1,000 patents and patent applications in the United States and around the world, as of December 31, 2013. Its patent portfolio includes patents covering technologies ranging from data and voice services to content distribution to transmission and networking equipment. The Company's competitors are long distance carriers, incumbent local exchange carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, PTTs, Content Delivery Network companies and other companies that provide communications services. The Company's competitors for different services include Verizon, AT&T, NTT, Tata, Cogent, Orange, Telefonica, CenturyLink, Zayo, and XO, Cable & Wireless, Equinix, CoreSite, Telmex, and IBM among others.