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Press Release -- January 26th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Content Delivery, Exchange, Wavelength

Level 3 to Deliver Backbone Network and Wholesale Voice Services for TDS Telecom

TDS to Upgrade Core Network Technology; Enhance Service Quality and Reliability

BROOMFIELD, Colo., January 26, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it will provide backbone network connectivity for TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS) to support the recent deployment of their all-IP [Internet Protocol] nationwide network. TDS also plans for Level 3 to carry voice traffic to support its local and long-distance services.

"Level 3 offers the extensive network reach and service portfolio for TDS to upgrade our network infrastructure and connect numerous markets across the country," said Ken Paker, Vice President Network Services at TDS. "The Level 3 network enables TDS to deliver high-quality services to our end-user customers, while also providing ongoing operational and cost benefits for TDS to better manage our nationwide network."

Under the terms of the agreement, Level 3 provides more than 25 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps) wavelengths to connect core locations on the TDS network. Level 3 wavelength services enable TDS to transform their existing network infrastructure to an all-IP-based architecture, which simplifies network maintenance, and delivers greater operational and costs efficiencies across the network.

The 10 Gbps network architecture enables TDS to deliver enhanced voice and data services, improved service reliability, and greater rural access to high-speed services across multiple markets in 30 states. The network upgrade also provides a foundation for the delivery of next-generation services.

"Level 3 delivers the right combination of advanced network technology and connectivity to support TDS as their nationwide backbone provider," said Andrew Crouch, president of Wholesale Markets for Level 3. "Level 3 continues as an industry leader in IP-network technology, offering the network reach and services to meet the growing demand for communications today and into the future."

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.

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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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