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Press Release -- January 16th, 2012
Source: Level 3 Communications
Tags: Exchange, Expansion, Private Line, Video

Level 3 Provides Managed Internet and Data Center Services to Avianca in Brazil

São Paulo, Brazil, January 16, 2012 - Level 3 (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it has been retained by Avianca to enhance the airline's voice and data communications capabilities as it experiences rapid growth.

Avianca now has more than 2,300 employees, 400 of whom are based in Sao Paulo. The airline flies to 22 destinations in Brazil, and serves more than 3 million passengers worldwide each year.

"With our company's rapid growth, the demand for information technology has increased significantly," said Fabio Dimant, general manager of IT at Avianca. "We were looking for a company that could provide flexibility in the IT resources we needed. After evaluating several providers, we decided to choose Level 3 because of its vast experience in this area."

Level 3 is supporting Avianca with a range of Internet Protocol (IP) and data center services that will allow the company to more efficiently manage its communications and data flows among the company's headquarters in Sao Paulo and its Operation and Maintenance sites based near Sao Paulo's Congonhas airport.

Avianca will use Level 3's IP Private Line and Private Local Area Network (LAN) services, which enable protected transport for bandwidth intensive business applications and secure premises-to-premises and premises-to-data center communications. Avianca also is taking advantage of Level 3's data center services -network management, virtual server hosting, storage and backup - to enable flexible growth while allowing Avianca to focus on its core business. In Brazil, Level 3 provides managed services through its data center facilities in Cotia, Curitiba and Rio de Janeiro.

"We are delighted to support Avianca's growth by enhancing the efficiency of its communications," said Marcos Malfatti, Level 3's senior vice president of Sales in Brazil. "Level 3's fully integrated IP and data center services enable customers to connect seamlessly - with consistent and similar services - to virtually any location within the reach and capacity of one of the world's largest global IP networks with high availability, security and flexibility."

For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings, visit .

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a premier global provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers' growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.  For more information, visit .

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Visitors to the Investors Relations web pages can view and print copies of Level 3's SEC filings, including periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, as soon as reasonably practicable after those filings are made with the SEC.

Copies of the charters for each of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Governance committees of Level 3's Board of Directors, its Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics, press releases and analysts and investor conference presentations are all available through the Investor Relations web pages.

Please note that the information contained on any of Level 3's web sites is not incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.

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 company's ability to successfully integrate the Global Crossing acquisition, 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 future 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

Media:                                                                           Investors:
Richard Larris                                                             Mark Stoutenberg
North America                                                             +1 720-888-2518
+1 973-937-0153                                                        Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com
Richard.Larris@Level3.com

Paula Vivo
Latin America
+55 11 3957 2424
Paula.Vivo@level3.com

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