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Press Release -- October 12th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Exchange, MPLS, Video

Level 3 Vyvx Services to Offer Uncompressed HD Video Transport between New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Service Improves Quality and Simplifies Workflow for Broadcast Customers

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) announced today that, in response to increased demand, it will now offer uncompressed high-definition (HD) video transport services between Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and New York City, giving customers in these cities the ability to transmit live video with a previously unattainable level of clarity and quality.

Level 3 uncompressed HD services will support 1.5 and 3.0 gigabits per second (Gbps) transport with zero compression, ensuring that the video feed is delivered in its native, pristine form. Level 3 Vyvx customers in New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. can use the services for transmission locally or between any of the three cities. Level 3 plans to expand city availability, based on demand, in the coming months.

“For more than 20 years, our customers have trusted the Level 3 Vyvx network to deliver some of the largest sports and entertainment events in the world,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. “Delivering those kinds of events requires an experienced team and a highly scalable network – precisely the factors that differentiate Level 3’s uncompressed HD services in the market. Our network has the size and scale broadcasters need to deliver even the largest events in uncompressed HD.”

By leveraging the extensive connectivity and scalability of Level 3’s IP/MPLS fiber network, the company is able to deliver uncompressed signals entirely over its fiber-optic network, eliminating the need for encoders at either end of the transmission and streamlining the workflow for broadcasters.

“As a longtime customer of Level 3, we’ve always been pleased with the quality of the Vvyx network and the level of support the team provides,” said Howard Fine, vice president of Broadcast Services at PacTV. “Having tested Level 3’s new capabilities between New York City and Washington, D.C. during a recent medical conference, we were truly impressed with the results and encouraged by the possible future applications of uncompressed HD in our business.”

Level 3 has worked closely with several major broadcasters over the past few years to deliver a number of high-profile sporting events using end-to-end uncompressed HD technology.

For a limited time, Level 3 will be offering uncompressed occasional-use HD services at the same rates as its standard definition services. For more information on Level 3 Vyvx Services, visit http://www.level3.com/index.cfm?PageID=115.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.Level3.com.

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Vyvx, Level 3 Communications and the Level 3 Communications Logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements are based on management’s current expectations or beliefs. These forward looking statements are not a guarantee of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside Level 3’s control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals include, but are not limited to, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on the network; successfully integrate acquisitions; develop effective business support systems; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; and meet all of the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found within Level 3’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

SOURCE: Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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