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Press Release -- August 17th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: CDN, Content Delivery, Ethernet, Exchange, Wavelength

Nexon America Taps Level 3 for IP Network Services

Online Gaming Company Selects Level 3 for Mission-Critical Internet, Transport Services and Content Delivery Network Support

BROOMFIELD, Colo., August 17, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it will provide services including high-speed IP, wavelengths and content delivery network (CDN) support for Nexon America, the North American publishing arm of Nexon Corp., to support the company’s fast-growing massive multiplayer online games (MMOGs) business.

Under the terms of the contract, Level 3 will provide Los Angeles-based Nexon America with services including:

  • High-Speed IP: Level 3 will provide high-speed Internet for Nexon, giving the company access to a maximum of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) speeds at Nexon’s hosting data center. This service is designed to meet the needs of the Internet’s largest consumers of bandwidth and will provide Nexon America with a high degree of scalability and fault tolerance.
  • Wavelengths: Level 3’s 10 GigE wavelengths transport solution will support Nexon’s business continuity and disaster recovery, and provide end-to-end data center transport between Nexon’s North American data centers.
  • CDN: Level 3 will provide CDN support for Nexon, including caching, download and origin storage. These services will allow Nexon to leverage Level 3’s highly-connected IP network to efficiently and reliably deliver high-quality online content to its gaming customers worldwide, even during peak traffic and flash crowds.

“Nexon is committed to providing our customers with a great online game-playing experience and secure backup of our content. Internet speed and dependability are critical parts of that experience,” said Soo Min Park, vice president at Nexon America. “In using Level 3 for these mission critical services, we have peace of mind knowing that we have reliable access to the bandwidth we need, backed by Level 3’s extensive fiber optic network, with room to grow in the future.”

Nexon America currently publishes a number of titles, including Combat Arms, MapleStory, Dungeon Fighter Online, Mabinogi and PopTag! Level 3’s services will support both Nexon’s current and upcoming titles.

“The growth in popularity of online games has resulted not only in an increased demand for bandwidth, but in a greater focus on and understanding of what makes a quality game-playing experience,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. “The breadth of services Level 3 offers – from high-speed Internet to transport to advanced metrics – as well as the extensive content delivery expertise we bring are well-suited for online games customers like Nexon who need to ensure consistently high performance.”

For more information on Level 3’s media delivery services for the online games industry, please visit www.Level3delivers.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.

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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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