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Press Release -- January 25th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Content Delivery, Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion

Level 3 Teams With CENX to Streamline Ethernet Delivery

Level 3 Committed to Simplifying Carrier Ethernet Interconnections and Delivering MEF-Certified Services

BROOMFIELD, Colo., January 25, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it has an operational connection in Chicago to the world’s first Carrier Ethernet Exchange, which is operated by CENX. By using the Carrier Ethernet Exchange model, Level 3 significantly simplifies and expedites the delivery of its Ethernet services.

Level 3’s participation in Ethernet exchanges represents the company’s commitment to expanding the distribution of its Ethernet services; prior to the launch of Ethernet exchanges, Ethernet growth was mostly confined within each service provider’s footprint due to the cost and technical complexity of Ethernet network-to-network interconnections between carriers.

“We launched the CENX Ethernet Exchanges with one fundamental goal: simplifying carrier-to-carrier Ethernet interconnections and making worldwide Ethernet ubiquity a reality and connecting with companies like Level 3 is furthering the cause,” said Nan Chen, CENX co-founder & CEO. “CENX’s unique service alignment and management capabilities, together with its vast Carrier Ethernet experience, enable our carrier partners to accelerate Global Ethernet expansion.”

Additionally, Level 3 has validated its services to Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 9 and 14 specifications for services delivered through the CENX Carrier Ethernet Exchange (Level 3’s full suite of MEF certifications can be found at With this continued focus on MEF certification testing, Level 3 assures its enterprise customers that its Ethernet services meet or exceed MEF standards of service quality.

“Having previously been recognized for our broad Ethernet portfolio, Level 3 will continue to invest in broadening our Ethernet footprint through network investment as well as through the establishment of interconnections – a process made easier by the innovative services and carrier Ethernet expertise offered by CENX.” said Russell Shriver, Level 3’s vice president of Internet and Data Services.

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

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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: successfully integrate acquisitions; increase the volume of traffic on the network; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; 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.

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