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Press Release -- February 10th, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
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Level 3 Enhances Data Center Networking Portfolio to Provide Comprehensive Solutions for Enterprises

Expanded Portfolio Includes Storage Area Networking and Managed Dark Fiber Services

BROOMFIELD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it has enhanced its data center networking portfolio to help enterprise customers meet increasing data center connectivity requirements and better manage costs. The enhanced portfolio now includes storage area networking (SAN) fibre channel protocol, dark fiber and managed fiber solutions, offering enterprises a comprehensive suite of scalable network services that facilitate data management and storage.

As enterprises adopt virtualization and storage requirements continue to grow, there is increasing demand for bandwidth between corporate data centers. Many enterprises are also looking to better control communications expenses while increasing the agility and power of their IT services. With the addition of SAN protocol, dark fiber and managed fiber offerings, Level 3's Data Center Networking Portfolio provides a complete package of reliable, scalable and economical solutions that enable enterprises to efficiently interconnect company facilities and data centers around the globe.

"Level 3 has solved a complex part of delivering virtualized IT services with their new native fibre channel solution. The ability to replicate and backup data in real time will enable both enterprise and service provider customers to fully leverage the operational and economic benefits of public and private cloud solutions," said Ken Cheng, vice president of Service Provider Products for Brocade, a leading provider of data center, enterprise and service provider infrastructure solutions.

Level 3's depth of experience in developing data center network designs for content, high-tech and financial services companies guided the enhancements to Level 3's Data Center Networking Portfolio. Additionally, an independent survey, conducted by Harris Interactive, of over 230 mid market and large enterprise decision influencers indicated that nearly four out of five companies (78 percent) replicate data between data centers, underscoring the significant storage and bandwidth requirements necessary for enterprises today. Emphasizing these increasing demands, over one in five enterprise decision influencers (22 percent) said they were using 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) transport to connect their data centers. Level 3's enhanced portfolio was designed with these findings in mind and offers a direct response to the mounting industry needs.

"Level 3 combines local service and a global reach over an advanced optical network, offering a full range of options for enterprises looking to improve their operational proficiency," said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Transport and Infrastructure Services for Level 3. "By enhancing this portfolio of services, we are better equipped to serve our enterprise customers' evolving needs and demonstrate our commitment to meet the increasing demand for comprehensive service solutions."

Level 3's Data Center Networking portfolio offers businesses fully managed optical networks, which enable synchronous and asynchronous data storage replication and mirroring. The additional services enhance an already robust portfolio that includes scalable route diversity, business continuity, cost control and experienced network consultants for strategic data center management.

Survey data reported here comes from an online survey that Harris Interactive conducted between Oct. 25, 2010 and Nov. 2, 2010, with 238 IT decision makers and influencers from medium to large enterprises. Data was not weighted.

For more information on Level 3's Data Center Networking portfolio, visit http://www.level3.com/index.cfm?pageID=540.

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.

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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