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Press Release -- July 31st, 2012
Source: Level 3 Communications
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TV Azteca Selects Level 3 to Deliver and Manage Sporting Events in 2012

Level 3 Vyvx Services Support Live Video Transmission of Some of the World’s Most Watched TV Events

Jul 31, 2012

Mexico, D.F. July 31, 2012 Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) today announced that TV Azteca, one of the largest producers of Spanish-language television programming in the world, will use Level 3’s Vyvx broadcast solutions infrastructure and managed services to deliver international sporting events to Mexico. TV Azteca will broadcast the events through its national networks Azteca 7 and Azteca 13.

“Having the right technical partner to transmit competitive events is very important to us because it is imperative for TV Azteca to provide quality coverage that makes our viewers feel like they are at these events,” said Pedro Carmona, director of Engineering, Special Events for TV Azteca. “We are very excited about having the ability to broadcast a 100 percent fiber optic-based transmission for the first time.”

“Level 3’s global reach, robust network and excellent performance record are important to TV Azteca, and they are relying on us to help them grow by transmitting some of the most important sporting events of the year,” said Leonardo Barbero, Level 3’s CMO and executive vice president for Latin America. “This is the first time TV Azteca will use our Vyvx solutions, and we are very confident they will be pleased with Level 3’s reliable, high quality transmissions and excellent service.”

Vyvx Managed Video Network Services (MVNS) are focused on procuring, maintaining and operating the hardware and software that move video from origin to destination. MVNS includes a full range of Vyvx services that support live video transmission for some of the world’s most watched TV events. With Level 3’s solution, TV Azteca will broadcast five high-definition signals. Level 3 also will provide 150 Mbps of capacity for voice and data communications between broadcasting facilities in Mexico and remote locations around the world. Broadcasts will reach the television station’s entire audience in Mexico.

Level 3´s Vyvx solutions have been a market leader available for more than 20 years with a track record of quality in U.S. and global full-service video transmission solutions. Vyvx can be customized for video transmissions of any type of event from various locations. Some of the largest media and entertainment companies worldwide turn to Vyvx services for their high profile news, sports, entertainment and other special event broadcasts.

For more information on Level 3's Vyvx Solutions, which in addition to Latin America, is offered in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, visit http://www.level3.com/en/products-and-services/video/vyvx/.

For more information on Level 3’s advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com.

About TV Azteca TV Azteca is one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language television programming in the world, operating two national television networks in Mexico, Azteca 13 and Azteca 7, through more than 300 owned and operated stations across the country. TV Azteca affiliates include Azteca America Network, a broadcast television network focused on the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic market, and Azteca Web, an Internet company for North American Spanish speakers.

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 www.level3.com.

Information on the Company through Access to the Website Level 3 has its corporate website at www.level3.com, and you can find additional information about the company on the Investors pages at: http://lvlt.client.shareholder.com. Level 3 uses its website as a distribution channel for important information about the company. Level 3 often provides financial information, and other relevant details concerning the company and its business, financial condition and operations on the Investors web pages. Visitors to the Investors web pages can view and print copies of all Level 3's SEC filings, including periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K, almost as soon as these documents are filed with the SEC.

Copies of contracts for each of the audit, compensation, nomination and governance committees of Level 3's Board of Directors, its Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics, press releases and presentations to analysts and investors are all available in the Investors web pages. It is important to note that the information contained in any of Level 3's websites is not incorporated by reference, or considered as part of any document, unless otherwise expressly stated herein.

The information stated under the caption “About TV Azteca” is provided by TV Azteca, which is responsible for its content.

Forward Looking Statements Some of the statements made in this press release are by nature forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations or beliefs of management. These statements are not guarantees of performance and are subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of Level 3, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such 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 acquisition Global Crossing, the current uncertainty in global financial markets and the global economy, interruption in the development and expansion of the Internet as a medium of communication and marketing for the distribution and consumption of data and video, and turmoil in financial markets that could affect Level 3's ability to obtain additional financing. Other factors include, but are not limited to the company's ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on your network, developing effective systems to support business, manage the 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 greater competition, attract and retain qualified managers and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions and meet all the terms and conditions of debt obligations. Additional information concerning these and other important factors can be found in the records of the Level 3 Securities and Exchange Commission. Statements in this press release should be evaluated in light of these important factors. Level 3 is under no obligation and expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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Contact Information

Press:                                                                              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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