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Press Release -- March 8th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: CDN, Content Delivery, Exchange

Level 3 and Solid State Networks Join Forces on Integrated Gaming Solution

Combined Level 3 CDN and Solid State Networks’ Game Publishing Software, Offers Faster Downloads and Improved Analytics

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 08, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:  LVLT) today announced that it has teamed up with Solid State Networks, a leading provider of game publishing software, to offer an integrated game delivery solution for game developers and publishers designed to increase player conversion and retention, improve operational efficiency, and provide actionable reporting metrics.

Solid State Networks’ game publishing software enables a smooth game acquisition and update experience, fostering higher conversion and retention rates. Player engagement opportunities allow for monetization during game downloads and updates, and each time a game is launched. The integrated solution will leverage those capabilities along with Level 3’s extensive IP transit network and sophisticated content delivery network (CDN).

“Our online game customers demand the best possible ingress experience for their players along with an efficient updating and patching process in a solution that can be tailored to meet the specific requirements of their games. In combining these capabilities with Level 3’s network, we have an end-to-end solution that improves the overall user experience,” said Rick Buonincontri, CEO of Solid State Networks. “With this improved experience also comes richer data, as our customers now have access to both our reporting and the Level 3 analytics platform.”

Level 3’s suite of CDN services for the gaming market includes caching and download services, storage services, live streaming of events including game launches and competitions, as well as advanced reporting capabilities and real-time traffic statistics that provide visibility and insight. Content originated on the Level 3 network passes through fewer networks (hops) en route to Internet destinations, which helps enable more consistent performance, less downtime and less disruption to the gaming experience.

“Level 3’s collaboration with Solid State Networks provides a powerful solution for game publishers to improve the user experience while providing real-time usage statistics that help game publishers to better understand traffic patterns and to make adjustments for their business and their customers,” said Peter Neill, senior vice president of Content Markets at Level 3. “Our network and Content Analytics platform are well-suited for the game industry, and we’re looking forward to expanding our collaborations and presence in this space in the coming year.”

Level 3 and Solid State Networks are working together as part of Level 3’s recently launched Content Delivery Partner Program (CDP). The program allows business partners to leverage the Level 3 CDN and Vyvx broadcast platforms to enable an outstanding experience for online and broadcast end-users. Level 3 works closely with business partner companies to customize value-added solutions that better enable services that link content creators with content consumers. Click here for more information about the program.

For more information on Level 3’s suite of gaming solutions, please visit or click here.

To learn more about Solid State Networks software solutions, visit

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) 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

© 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.

About Solid State Networks
Solid State Networks is a leading developer of specialized, high performance content delivery solutions, including game publishing software. Since early 2007, Solid State Networks has steadily gained recognition within the gaming industry as a highly innovative company with reliable technology and versatile game delivery and patching solutions for companies such as Funcom, Riot Games, Wizards of the Coast, Abandon Interactive, Vogster Entertainment, and others. For more information, please visit

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.

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