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Press Release -- June 1st, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Content Delivery, Exchange, Expansion, Video

Etisalat’s Smart Hub Expands Reach in Europe with Level 3

Middle East’s Largest Telecom Operator Augments Mobile and Fixed-Line Broadband Connectivity

LONDON, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLTNews) today announced the expansion of its relationship with Etisalat, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. Level 3 will provide Etisalat with IP transit services and high-speed IP (HSIP) to connect Etisalat to several cities in Europe and deepen the company’s connections between the Middle East and Europe.

Level 3’s services will enhance Etisalat’s ability to service the rapid growth it is seeing in demand for broadband, which is being fueled by the company’s investments in next-generation mobile (LTE) and fixed-line (FTTx) infrastructure. Additionally, Level 3’s services are designed to support Etisalat’s business through increased route diversity for its high-speed Internet ports.

“Level 3 will now join our other European partners in helping Etisalat to deliver an unsurpassed experience in terms of IP transit connectivity,” said Ali Amiri, executive vice president of Carrier & Wholesale at Etisalat UAE. “Etisalat is committed to delivering superior service to its customers through intelligent network architecture, and by expanding our work with Level 3 we’re better able to support that mission. This agreement further strengthens our position as the region’s premier Smart Hub solution provider and reinforces our ability to service our global client base.”

Level 3 has continually made investments to serve its Middle East customers, both in terms of ongoing network infrastructure expansion and by providing regionalized sales support with on-the-ground Level 3’s Direct Sales Partners such as the Apex Group.

“Our work with Etisalat is a great example of the benefits of scalable interconnectivity across Level 3’s European network – a network that includes more than 380 points of presence across the continent and supports connectivity to the Middle East and beyond,” said James Heard, president of European Markets at Level 3. “In line with our commitment to expansion, Level 3 continues to invest in its network to better serve the demands of this growing region.”

To learn more about Level 3’s services in the Middle East, please visit

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:LVLTNews) 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. Level 3 services are provided by wholly-owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.  For more information, visit

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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