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Press Release -- January 18th, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: CDN, Content Delivery, Exchange

Level 3 and Strangeloop Team Up to Offer Superior Speed, Improved Performance for Websites

Level 3’s CDN Site Transformer Integrates Strangeloop’s Site Optimizer and Website Code Optimization Technology into Global CDN

BROOMFIELD, Colo., January 18, 2011

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced its collaboration with Vancouver-based Strangeloop. The companies have integrated Strangeloop’s Site Optimizer and Website Code Optimization technology into Level 3’s global content delivery network (CDN). This newly available combination – the Level 3 CDN Site Transformer – will provide customers with a unique and powerful set of solutions for website and application delivery.

“The performance of a business’s website can make or break the customer experience,” said Mark Taylor, vice president of Content and Media at Level 3. “Level 3’s CDN services, combined with Strangeloop’s Site Optimizer, compound the benefits of performance optimization into simple packages that ultimately help us deliver quality content to our customers’ users faster than ever before.”

Websites are optimized for fast delivery in three ways, via network, delivery and code. For almost three years, Level 3 has been providing two layers of acceleration technology – caching and streaming, as well as compression and other site acceleration techniques (sometimes referred to as dynamic site acceleration) – which address network and delivery optimization. Since 2006, Strangeloop has offered transformation-based site acceleration solutions, which optimize site code to allow pages to be rendered more efficiently at the browser level.

With the Level 3 CDN Site Transformer, the combination of all three technology layers – network, delivery and code – can deliver up to a 30 percent performance improvement compared to an acceleration service with only two layers.

Part of what differentiates Level 3’s CDN Site Transformer is the strength of the standalone products and services from the two companies. Strangeloop’s Site Optimizer technology is specifically designed to simplify Web code optimization from a lengthy and complex coding process into an automated function that provides roundtrip reduction, rapid rendering, dynamic browser caching, as well as a host of other acceleration best practices. At the same time, with one of the world’s largest network backbones and a sophisticated content delivery platform, Level 3’s CDN services combine the reach, scalability and speed of a Tier 1 network to meet demand, even at peak traffic.

In today’s competitive online landscape, the importance of delivering a fast user experience is greater than ever.

“There is a proven relationship between page speed and key business metrics,” said Strangeloop President Joshua Bixby. “In recent years, there have been a number of studies showing that even incremental changes in page speed can have a dramatic effect on revenues, customer satisfaction and SEO ranking. We’ve seen this played out with companies who have used our product and, as a result, have increased sales by 13 percent and grown their organic search traffic by 10 percent.”

The Level 3 CDN Site Transformer is available in bundles that will give enterprise customers the appropriate blend of services for a mix of static and dynamic site content. The new bundles are available immediately. For more information on Level 3’s CDN capabilities, please visit www.level3.com/index.cfm?pageID=602.

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, 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 Strangeloop
Founded in 2006, Strangeloop’s original product offering was the Strangeloop AS1000, a delivery-focused accelerator for ASP.NET. In 2010, the company launched Site OptimizerTM, a next-generation solution that offers a powerful set of features that work together to provide roundtrip reduction, rapid rendering, and dynamic browser caching, as well as a host of other acceleration best practices. Site Optimizer makes Strangeloop’s web acceleration capabilities available to companies in different environments: as a hardware appliance, as a virtual appliance, and as a service via the cloud. Strangeloop is based in Vancouver, BC. For more information, visit www.strangeloopnetworks.com.

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.

Contact Information
Media: Investors:
Alexis Hammack Mark Stoutenberg
720-888-2441 720-888-2518
Alexis.Hammack@level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@level3.com

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