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Press Release -- April 20th, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications, Verizon
Tags: Colocation, Construction, Exchange, Expansion, Video

Level 3 Helps Power Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network Rollout

Connection to Level 3 Backbone Enables Verizon Wireless to Adapt and Stay Ahead of Exploding Demand for Mobile Data

BROOMFIELD, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it is providing Verizon Wireless with backbone infrastructure and cell-site backhaul solutions to support its ongoing rollout of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network.

Driven by the proliferation of rich applications and video on smartphones, tablets, laptops and e-readers, Verizon Wireless will rely on Level 3’s nationwide fiber-optic network and responsive team to meet the growing demand for mobile data. Level 3 helps Verizon Wireless build the network headroom and redundancy needed to accommodate the projected network growth tied to its 4G LTE network rollout.

“Customers’ demand for mobile data is growing exponentially, and we are expanding the reach of our 4G LTE network to ensure we meet that need,” said Verizon Wireless Network Vice President Nicki Palmer. “Level 3’s technology will help us provide our 4G LTE customers with a mobile experience that is fast, reliable and rich with content.”

Level 3 is also supporting cell-site backhaul requirements in a number of rural markets in New England and the Western United States for Verizon Wireless by leveraging its recently launched Tower Access solution that combines connectivity to existing cell towers with a mix of new on-site tower construction and colocation at Level 3 sites.

“Wireless consumers and enterprise users demand the ability to be connected to everything, everywhere, all the time — something we’ve been ready to handle for years,” said Andrew Crouch, president of Sales for Level 3. “Starting over a decade ago, we designed a network from the ground up to handle evolving and growing data needs. Verizon Wireless is leveraging our technologies to build one of the world’s most advanced wireless networks.”

Verizon Wireless is a global leader in 4G LTE deployment. Verizon Wireless expects 4G LTE average data rates to be 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink in real-world, loaded network environments. These speeds are significantly faster than current or promised 3G network speeds. To date, Verizon Wireless has announced that consumer and business customers in at least 147 U.S. cities will have access to the fastest, most advanced 4G mobile network in America by the end of 2011.

Level 3’s scalable, continuously upgradable network supports today’s applications and lays the foundation for tomorrow’s IP-centric wireless infrastructures. For more information on Level 3’s advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com.

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, 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; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate acquisitions; 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.

Level 3 Communications
Media:
Monica Martinez, 720-888-3991
Monica.Martinez@Level3.com
or
Investors:
Mark Stoutenberg, 720-888-2518
Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

Source: Level 3 Communications

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