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Press Release -- June 21st, 2012
Source: Level 3 Communications
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Level 3 Meets Increasing Demand for Enterprise-Grade Data Center Capabilities with New Premier Elite Data Center Facility in Omaha

BROOMFIELD, Colo., June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that it is further enhancing its global data center capabilities with the deployment of a new enterprise-grade data center facility located in the Scott Data Center complex, Omaha, Neb. The Level 3 facility offers enterprises and government agencies a state-of-the-art infrastructure designed to support the power, redundancy, cooling and security requirements of today's IT applications. Premier Elite facilities are designed to support IT solutions with on-site staff to support site access and monitoring.

According to estimates by 451 Research, an industry analyst firm, the overall multi-tenant data center market globally, valued in 2011 at $15.8 billion, is projected to grow at 19.2 percent CAGR through 2013. Level 3 selected the Scott Data Center in Omaha as the location for its new, advanced data center facility to address increasing demand for facilities designed to support higher density application servers and storage environments.

"Enterprises and government agencies increasingly demand protection for critical data and applications to ensure their ability to maintain the continuity of their business operations and avoid any potential disruption," said Mike Benjamin, Level 3's vice president of data center product management. "In today's environment, customers need more redundancy, power and cooling systems; however, achieving this top-tier reliability can be cost prohibitive for many organizations. With this new facility, we can offer customers all of these benefits while minimizing the financial burden of owning and maintaining their own facility."

In a study by SustainableCircles Corporation, an investment research company, Omaha was ranked among U.S. cities as one of the lowest for natural disaster risk. Additionally, Omaha benefits from some of the lowest power costs in the U.S., which was a key consideration given the substantial power requirements of advanced data centers, and will provide a more economical destination for data center consolidation. This data center is an excellent alternative, or complement, to West Coast or East Coast outsourcing strategies.

Enterprise-grade data centers are designed to host critical services for enterprises and government agencies. Level 3's new mid-west data center is housed in a Tier III certified facility as rated by The Uptime Institute, a third-party data center research, education and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency. Tier III facilities provide the redundant power and environmental features necessary to ensure critical business applications perform reliably and predictably. In addition, the data center provides direct connectivity to Level 3's advanced, global IP network and offers carrier-neutral interconnections to improve transport efficiency. The data center includes power and environmental redundancy, 24 x 7 alarm monitoring, closed-circuit video surveillance and multi-tiered secure access. It is also scheduled to be PCI and SSAE16 certified, complying with financial industry transactional standards.

Level 3, a multi-tenant data center provider, operates more than 350 data center facilities in North America, Europe and Latin America. These facilities can offer any of three levels of service, ranging from Premier Select facilities designed to host traditional network equipment to Premier Elite facilities, such as Level 3's new Omaha data center facility. Additionally, all of Level 3's data centers are directly connected to its global network, providing low-latency access to corporate assets all around the globe. Connectivity among sites is available via Level 3's 165,000 intercity, metro and subsea fiber route miles.

For more information on Level 3's data center service offerings, visit http://www.level3.com/en/products-and-services/managed-value-add/data-center-services/.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com

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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 statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and 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. 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 or otherwise realize the anticipated benefits thereof; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; obtain additional financing, particularly in the event of disruptions in the financial markets; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that could adversely affect the company's competitiveness; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; obtain capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign currency and other risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international operations; mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of the terms and conditions of its 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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Jon Paul McLeary

Mark Stoutenberg

720-888-3244

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JonPaul.McLeary@Level3.com

Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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