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Press Release -- March 2nd, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Content Delivery, Exchange, Expansion, Video

Level 3’s SIP Trunking Solution Receives Microsoft Qualification

Compatibility Enables Enterprises to Leverage Level 3’s Next-Generation Voice Services with Microsoft Lync

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 02, 2011

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it has received Microsoft Lync 2010 qualification for its session initiated protocol (SIP) trunking voice solution for enterprise customers.

A pioneer in SIP solutions for more than 12 years, Level 3 offers customers reliable service and industry leading nationwide coverage. The new qualification provides Level 3 enterprise customers with the assurance that the company’s high-quality SIP trunking service is compatible with Microsoft Lync.

“With its flexibility and efficient technology management, SIP trunking enhances the benefits of Lync for cost savings and increased productivity. We see enterprises increasingly adopting Lync with SIP trunking,” said Kirk Gregersen, senior director of Lync Product Management and Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “Level 3’s SIP trunking qualification for Lync will provide more choices for customers and help customers streamline implementing unified communications in their network environment.”

Level 3’s SIP trunking solution enables enterprises to converge voice and data traffic onto one of the nation’s largest end-to-end IP backbone networks, simplifying network management. The solution also offers superior network reliability and performance delivered to enterprises over Level 3-provided dedicated IP connections.

“The combination of Microsoft Lync and Level 3’s SIP trunking unlocks the full potential of unified communications. With this qualification, enterprises will be able to more easily leverage the improved efficiency and cost benefits of SIP trunking in addition to the organizational productivity benefits of unified communications,” said Sara Baack, senior vice president of Voice Services for Level 3. “We are pleased that the qualification of our SIP trunking solution will provide our enterprise customers with the assurance that their communications systems are compatible with our efficient and reliable SIP network.”

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

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; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing. Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate acquisitions; 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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