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Press Release -- September 7th, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Exchange, Expansion, Video

FOX Sports Expands Vyvx VenueNet Solution with Level 3, Adds New VenueNet+ Broadcast Services

Upgraded Infrastructure Provides Advanced Features, Bundles New Services and Reduces Operational Complexity for Broadcasts

BROOMFIELD, Colo., September 07, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it will provide FOX Sports with its Vyvx VenueNet+ sports broadcasting services including video, voice and Internet in venues throughout the U.S. for the 2010 professional football season. This contract is an expansion of Level 3’s multi-year relationship with Fox Sports, in which Level 3 has supported their broadcast needs with VenueNet services at professional sports venues.

Earlier this year, Level 3 announced its investment in upgrading the Vyvx VenueNet technology in major professional football and hockey venues around the country. Upgrades included advanced video, voice and Internet services for broadcasters and content owners that are provided through a single connection panel at the venue. Since April, VenueNet+ has been deployed in 31 major professional football venues in the U.S. with deployment in NHL venues well underway. The VenueNet+ service offering is designed to easily support demand now and as data needs increase and new applications emerge.

As part of the VenueNet+ services, Level 3 will provide FOX Sports with the following:

  • Video: Level 3 will provide backhaul services from sports venues back to FOX Sports’ production headquarters in Los Angeles. The service will also now allow FOX Sports to connect uncompressed high-definition (HD) video directly at the VenueNet+ panel. In addition, Level 3 will offer JPEG 2000 compression services, which FOX Sports will trial at several venues for the 2010 football season.
  • Internet: Level 3 will deliver high-speed Internet access directly from the VenueNet+ panel. Consistent high-speed Internet access with symmetrical upstream and downstream connections represents a significant new advantage for production trucks, enabling new capabilities and applications, and providing Internet connectivity that surpasses that which is available in many venues today.
  • Voice: Each VenueNet+ installation includes phone line services from each venue, delivered via the Level 3 Enterprise voice platform.

“With VenueNet+, Level 3 is providing a one-stop-shop to meet our broadcast requirements, in addition to significant new services like high-speed Internet, which enables new workflows for us to consider,” said Keith Goldberg, vice president of Transmission and Resiliency at FOX Networks Engineering & Operations. “Our goal is to provide our viewers with the highest-quality viewing experience possible, and Level 3’s VenueNet+ services are helping us do that much more effectively with the NFL.”

“Level 3 enhanced its VenueNet services in response to our customers’ growing event delivery demands, including more high-speed connectivity, support for HD and voice applications from a single, streamlined platform,” said Andrew Crouch, president of Sales at Level 3. “VenueNet+ meets those needs, provides consistency across venues and fosters innovation in event delivery. The combination of those features and Level 3’s advanced operational and monitoring tools offers broadcasters like FOX Sports a significantly improved event delivery process with minimized set-up times and reduced operational complexities.”

For more information on Level 3’s Vyvx VenueNet+ platform, click here or visit www.level3delivers.com/tags/venuenet+.

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.

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Vyvx, VenueNet, VenueNet+, 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.

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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