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Press Release -- June 4th, 2012
Source: Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Signs Agreement with Grupo Salud S.A. to Provide Services, Security Infrastructure and Technical Support

Will Enable Healthcare Company to Share Critical Patient Information Securely Among More than 1,000 Doctors

Jun 4, 2012

Quito, Ecuador, June 4, 2012 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced it has renewed its existing agreement and has entered into a new five-year services provisioning agreement with Grupo Salud S.A., a prepaid healthcare company, to deliver telecommunications services, security infrastructure and technical support that will allow the company’s more than 1,000 doctors to share patient information – quickly, securely and reliably – anywhere in Ecuador, including its new offices in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil.

Grupo Salud S.A. has medical offices throughout Ecuador and expansion plans in other countries in Latin America. It offers 24-hour care for thousands of patients. Level 3 now will provide data center and IP telephony managed services, as well as continuing to provide Internet and hosting services.

“Working with Level 3 has helped enable our continuing growth in each city we serve across Ecuador, and is key to our expansion to other countries in the region. Level 3 has enabled us to achieve better operating costs because of the technologically efficient solutions they provide for us, and that creates savings for our clients,” said Felipe Dueñas, systems manager for Grupo Salud S.A. “Level 3 has provided us with a sophisticated and secure solution to manage and protect all of our sensitive patient and research information in a secure data center that meets the most demanding international standards. This level of security is critical for our business, and for our clients.”

“Grupo Salud S.A.’s culture demands that patients be seen immediately, and with so many offices throughout Ecuador, its information technology must function efficiently and without interruptions,” said Francisco Guzman, Level 3’s senior vice president of Sales in Ecuador. “Our solution was custom-designed to allow Grupo Salud S.A. to maintain its focus on its business; have the flexibility for growth to enable its expansion plans in Ecuador and elsewhere; and to improve its process completion times and services in a very competitive segment. Level 3’s technology and comprehensive support have been fundamental to Grupo Salud S.A.’s ongoing service improvement strategy.”

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

About Grupo Salud S.A.
Grupo Salud S.A., an Ecuadorian company fundamentally geared toward the care of people and the betterment of their quality of life, offering insurance solutions in the medical assistance market since 1993 with more than 1,000 doctors nationwide, has developed a large technological project to support the success and responsibility of its corporate mission, as part of its consolidation and growth strategy.

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. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.  For more information, visit

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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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