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Press Release -- November 10th, 2014
Source: Level 3 Communications
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Centauro Boosts Online Technology Infrastructure with Level 3 Services

SPORTING GOODS RETAILER CONTRACTS LEVEL 3 NETWORK SERVICES TO IMPROVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN LOCATIONS

Nov 10, 2014

SAO PAULO, Nov. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) announced an agreement with Centauro, a large sporting goods retail chain in Latin America, for dedicated Internet services and a private Local Area Network (LAN).

To support recent growth in regional markets, Centauro needed to update its technology infrastructure and services.

"This solution ensures high communication quality between our headquarters in São Paulo, our growing number of physical stores and the data center located in Barueri," said Luciano Marques, Centauro IT infrastructure and e-commerce manager. "We increased our number of stores by more than 20 percent in the past four years. These services provide a scalable, cost-effective and broad-reaching solution for multiple locations to communicate and collaborate over a fully meshed, private network."

A key selling point for Centauro was Level 3's global network. Every Level 3 data center is located directly on its backbone and is carrier neutral. The network allowed Centauro to reduce latency issues and costly metro access while at the same time providing a secure and redundant solution for Centauro's various locations to share important data.

"Providing the flexibility for businesses to grow has been a key differentiator for Level 3 in the Brazil market," said Marcos Malfatti, Level 3 senior sales vice-president in Brazil. "Partnered with our reliable service, we have been able to provide Centauro with a powerful solution for their technology needs."

Centauro has been in the market for more than 30 years and has 175 stores throughout Brazil.

Level 3's Network

Level 3 has more than 170,000 kilometers (km) (110,000 miles) of routes between cities, 58,000 km (36,000 miles) of metropolitan routes, 53,000 km (33,000 miles) of routes underwater and more than 500 on-net markets. The company also operates more than 350 data centers worldwide, all of which are carrier neutral and located directly on Level 3's global backbone, reducing latency and costly metro access, providing on-net access to more than 60 countries and offering the freedom to connect to alternative service providers.

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

About Centauro

Founded in 1981, Centauro is the largest retail multichannel chain of sporting goods in Latin America, with a strong presence in electronic commerce, through its website www.centauro.com.br. It is part of the SBF Group that has more than 230 stores in 23 Brazilian states. Having the mission to democratize sports in the country, Centauro invests in sponsoring several sports events. The brand was a National Supporter of the African Teams from Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Ghana in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazilâ„¢. It also sponsored the Brazilian Cup, the uniforms of the Conmebol referees, in addition to tennis player Marcelo Melo and more than 100 street running races. Having its administrative office in São Paulo, it employs more than 8 thousand employees in Brazil. For more information, please, visit: www.centauro.com.br.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that 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 500 markets in over 60 countries across 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, please visit www.level3.comor get to know us on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

The information contained under the caption "About Centauro" has been provided by Centauro, which is solely responsible for its content.

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 tw telecom acquisition; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; increase revenue from its services to realize its targets for financial and operating performance; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; avert the breach of its network and computer system security measures; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; 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.

Contact Information

Media:                                          Investors:
Ashley Pritchard                           Mark Stoutenberg
+1 720-888-5950+                        +1 720-888-2518
ashley.pritchard@level3.com       mark.stoutenberg@level3.com
Paula Vivo
Latin America
+55 11-3957-2424
paula.vivo@level3.com

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