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Press Release -- October 22nd, 2010
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: CDN, Content Delivery, Exchange, Video

Level 3 and Stream UK Offer HTTP Dynamic Streaming for Enterprise Video Delivery

Solution Allows Businesses to Stream Live Events to New Audiences while Reducing Network Strain

LONDON, October 22, 2010

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced its work with London-based Stream UK to offer a joint live-streaming solution for enterprise customers using the Adobe® Flash Platform with support for HTTP. The solution allows business customers to stream live events within corporate environments while eliminating previous issues with firewall configuration and strain on the business’s network.

Stream UK is a master reseller of Level 3’s content delivery network (CDN) services within the Level 3 European Partner Programme. The company provides businesses worldwide with professional-level tools to manage and distribute multimedia content over the Internet.

“We believe that adaptive bit rate streaming over HTTP is the protocol of the future, and I can honestly say it’s the single most important advance we have made in the last decade,” said Stream UK CEO Duncan Burbidge. “This solution leverages the international reach and performance of Level 3’s extensive CDN network alongside Stream UK’s own webcasting tools to provide an ideal offering for corporate viewers, mobile viewers, viewers on variable connections and for those paying bandwidth costs.”

For enterprise customers, one of the primary advantages of live HTTP delivery over the previously used protocols is the ability to avoid a number of problems with firewall configurations, giving enterprise customers access to users within corporate environments.

“While video has become an increasingly important tool for businesses – both for internal and external purposes – until now, it’s been difficult if not impossible for companies to fully realize its potential due to technological limitations,” said James Heard, president of European Markets at Level 3. “With Stream UK, we’ve been able to develop a solution that eliminates some of those barriers and gives our corporate customers the opportunity to stream live content to their audiences in new ways.”

HTTP Dynamic Streaming is a protocol for on-demand and live adaptive bit rate video streaming over regular HTTP connections on the Adobe® Flash® Platform. It is designed to allow for high-quality video streaming that also fosters a better user experience for viewers, regardless of their connection speed. Leveraging its Internet Broadcast capabilities and video workflows, Level 3 delivers the HTTP adaptive bit rate video on the Adobe Flash Platform for distribution over its global CDN.

The companies recently demonstrated the capabilities of the new solution at Streaming Media Europe. Portions of the London conference were streamed live to registered online viewers during last week’s conference.

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 Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. Level 3, Level 3 Communications and the Level 3 Communications logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.  Adobe and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries.

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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