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Press Release -- March 16th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Content Delivery, Ethernet, Exchange, Expansion, Metro Fiber

Level 3 Announces Expansion of Switched Ethernet Footprint

Ethernet Augmentation Increases Network Efficiency and Performance

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 16, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced delivery of a significant phase within its Ethernet Expansion Program. As part of this initiative Level 3 will expand the number of Ethernet switches on its U.S. network by almost 400 percent. Level 3 also will make additional feature enhancements that will expand the company’s already comprehensive Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF)-certified Carrier Ethernet services portfolio.

“It’s encouraging to see that Level 3 is delivering on its promise to expand its Ethernet network and provide a comprehensive Ethernet solution that is a true competitive alternative,” said Stan Hubbard, senior analyst at Heavy Reading. “Ethernet is clearly the one-port solution for a wide range of business services, and Level 3’s commitment to the space demonstrates that they are building a platform for future growth.”

By expanding the switching footprint, Level 3 is eliminating the need for backhaul of switched metro Ethernet applications and also providing a more efficient backhaul mechanism for higher layer services, such as Internet or voice. Ultimately Level 3 customers benefit through enhanced network efficiency, scalability and flexibility.

“This expanded architecture enables Level 3 to address a significantly broader set of enterprise and wholesale customer requirements for Ethernet services,” said Sureel Choksi, chief marketing officer for Level 3. “This expansion demonstrates Level 3’s continued commitment to industry leadership in Ethernet services.”

Level 3 provides Ethernet connectivity in 22 countries and 190 major markets, and the company continues to aggressively expand its Ethernet capabilities and reach. Level 3 backs its Ethernet services with an extensive IP backbone network and a significant metro fiber-optic footprint. Whether a business requires public, private, switched, metro, intercity, point-to-point or multipoint-to-multipoint connections, Level 3 has the right solutions in the right locations.

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: 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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