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Press Release -- February 23rd, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Construction, Exchange

Level 3 Extends Network to Advanced Data Center in Georgia

Offers Enterprises, Universities and the Majority of Georgia Healthcare Providers Direct and Economical Access to Level 3's Extensive IP Network and Broad Service Portfolio

BROOMFIELD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it has extended its network infrastructure in Georgia with the construction of a full network point of presence and fiber node at Global Net Access, LLC's (GNAX) AtlantaNAP Data Center, the main healthcare IT hub in Georgia. The data center hosts a range of customers, including Georgia's two largest hospital systems, who may choose to have Level 3 provide them with direct access to over 190 markets served by Level 3's international, IP network and the ability to efficiently and economically leverage the full range of Level 3's services.

Given the rapid adoption of digital systems for global commerce and information, organizations are increasingly reliant upon data centers that provide efficient information storage, access, security and data redundancy. Enterprises require those capabilities to remain competitive within an international marketplace. Universities require them to provide next-generation education solutions, and healthcare providers require them to offer better care for their patients. By directly connecting to Level 3's Tier 1 backbone, AtlantaNAP facility customers will be able to efficiently and economically access Level 3's complete portfolio of services, including transport, data, IP and voice services.

"Our customers demand network access and solutions that are capable of meeting their ever-rising need for swift and secure data redundancy," said Jeff Hinkle, president and chief operating officer for Global Net Access. "Directly connecting our facility to Level 3's network brings innovative ways to allow customers to access our HIT ecosystem efficiently and cost effectively, and underscores our dedication to offering our customers the best solutions possible for network access and advanced communications services."

GNAX/AtlantaNAP is one of the largest healthcare data centers in Georgia, providing a statewide healthcare information exchange hub for healthcare providers in the state. The direct connection to Level 3's advanced IP network offers a majority of Georgia healthcare providers access to regional, scalable solutions capable of meeting the increasing industry need for more efficient communications services. According to the June 2010 Cisco, Visual Networking Index, recent industry estimates show that healthcare data is more than quadrupling every two years, and Level 3's high-capacity backbone network and targeted services are well-equipped to manage this increasingly dramatic rise. Level 3 offers a variety of network solutions designed to meet the growing communications needs of the healthcare industry, including strategic planning for future network requirements, managed and efficient storage solutions, disaster recovery capabilities, and optimized network planning to improve organizational efficiencies.

"Atlanta is an important market for Level 3, and building a direct access into the AtlantaNAP Data Center demonstrates our commitment to providing first-rate solutions to the healthcare industry, while serving Atlanta businesses, universities and communities on a local level," said Allan English, Level 3's general manager for Georgia. "We are delighted that AtlantaNAP customers will be able to improve their information access and security using the direct connection to our Tier 1 network and robust service portfolio."

Level 3 leverages its extensive fiber-optic network, metro assets and a locally focused sales and sales support organization to deliver world-class services to enterprise customers and service providers throughout the United States.

The AtlantaNAP data center is located at 1100 White St. SW Atlanta, Ga. 30310.

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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