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Press Release -- September 7th, 2011
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Content Delivery, Exchange, Expansion, Video

Level 3 Offers New Service to Enhance Security and Efficiency of Enterprise Customers’ IP Voice Solutions

Launches Managed Session Border Controller for SIP Trunking

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Sept. 7, 2011/PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced the launch of a new service for enterprise customers, Managed Session Border Controller (SBC), which enhances network security and provides traffic normalization as enterprises unlock the cost efficiency and scalability of IP voice technology. The new service is being offered in conjunction with Level 3 Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking using an Acme Packet Net-Net SBC, enabling enterprises to get the protection they need with the added benefits of increased interoperability, quality-of-service management and detailed reporting.

"Our enterprise customers are increasingly reliant upon converged communications solutions, which enable them to combine voice, video and data services over a single platform," said Sara Baack, senior vice president of Voice Services for Level 3. "By providing managed SBC with our SIP trunking solution, we are enabling enterprises to confidently and securely transition to network platforms that help them capitalize on the benefits of converged communications.

"Effectively, our new service establishes a 'security guard' at the border of a customer's IP network that protects against attacks, translates between different communications protocols and helps ensure network traffic efficiency. Working with Acme Packet, a leader in the enterprise SBC market, enables us to further differentiate our SIP trunking solution and offer our enterprise customers a secure, dependable and comprehensive solution in an increasingly interconnected and competitive global marketplace."

As enterprises continue to adopt IT strategies that mobilize their workforces and improve organizational productivity, it is crucial for them to leverage solutions that facilitate converged communications while simultaneously improving core network functionality and security. By combining Internet and voice services over IP networks, SIP trunking is the perfect launching point for enterprises to realize the benefits of converged network services and ultimately business strategies that capitalize on unified communications.

"Level 3's Managed SBC service offers customers an outsourced SBC option with all the control, security and interoperability benefits of an Acme Packet Net-Net SBC," saidDino Di Palma, senior vice president of Worldwide Sales and Business Development at Acme Packet. "Coupled with Level 3's leading SIP Trunking service, customers can realize the benefits of converged IP securely and reliably, while minimizing capital expenditures."

Level 3's new Managed SBC solution offers enterprises the ability to protect their SIP trunking services, applications and infrastructure from a variety of threats to minimize denial-of-service (DoS) interruption. The solution also improves interoperability between legacy voice systems and IP assets so that they work together to ensure a seamless end-user experience. Level 3's IP infrastructure enables enterprises to converge voice, video and data services to improve application collaboration and network efficiency, while the new managed SBC solution facilitates quick and easy scalability for SIP trunking services as network demand increases. Level 3's Managed SBC includes procurement, staging and configuration, on-site installation, monitoring, management and maintenance.

For more information on Level 3's advanced network service solutions, visit www.level3.com.

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 Communicationsand the Level 3 Communications Logo  are either registered service marks or service marks ofLevel 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates inthe United Statesand/or other countries.  Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries ofLevel 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.

Contact Information
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Jon Paul McLeary Mark Stoutenberg
720-888-3244 720-888-2518
JonPaul.McLeary@Level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

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