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Press Release -- April 21st, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Exchange, Expansion, Router, Video

Level 3 Offers Customers Wireless Backup for Business Continuity

Protects Enterprises and Government Agencies from Service Disruption with a Simple, Reliable and Economical Solution for Redundant Network Services

BROOMFIELD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced a new wireless backup solution that provides customers protection against any disruption to their network services. The wireless solution provides a reliable alternative to traditional IP network backup, simplifies business-continuity options, and offers an economical solution for organizations hoping to avoid the costs of purchasing diverse network paths.

With the increasing reliance on digital systems in today's international business environment, a disruption of telecommunications services or loss of critical information can be crippling to an organization. Enterprises require redundant solutions to ensure their business systems operate without interruption to protect the company's viability and its ability to effectively serve its customers. Government agencies also require redundant solutions to ensure they can provide citizens with critical public services during a crisis.

"Our increasingly information-based economy requires the rapid adoption of interconnected network systems for global commerce and, at the same time, governments are increasingly dependent on network systems to provide critical federal services," said Courtney Munroe, vice president of Worldwide Telecommunications at IDC. "However, using such systems requires organizations to ensure vital services and information continue to be accessible in the event of an emergency. The ability for telecommunications providers to offer multiple backup solutions is critical to meeting this need."

Enhancing its managed router capabilities, Level 3's wireless backup access is now available across the U.S. for the company's dedicated Internet access (DIA), virtual private network (VPN) and converged business network services. The new wireless backup solution complements an already robust IP network with multiple diverse paths, offering Level 3 customers a comprehensive approach to service continuity and data recovery in the event of an emergency.

"Level 3 has long been dedicated to providing business continuity solutions that enable organizations to confidently work toward their critical objectives knowing their service access is protected," said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Data, Transport and Infrastructure Services for Level 3. "This assurance plays a vital role in growing the digital economy, and we are delighted that the inclusion of wireless backup into our business continuity portfolio enhances the redundancy options for our customers."

For more information on Level 3's Business Continuity solutions, visit http://www.level3.com/Solutions/business-need/business-continuity-disaster-recovery.aspx

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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