Level 3 Communications

Level 3 announces new customer agreements in U.S., Europe and Asia For its (3)CrossRoads internet access service

    Broomfield, Colorado (ots-PRNewswire) --

    Company Has More Than 1,200 (3)CrossRoads Customers Globally, Representing an Increase of 100 Percent in Two Months          (3)CrossRoads Enables Satellite, Wireless and other Companies to Realise Cost and Performance Benefits of Level 3's Network

    Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT) today announced new
customer agreements in the U.S., Europe and Asia for its
(3)CrossRoads Internet access service.  Level 3 has more than 1,200
(3)CrossRoads customers globally, representing an increase of 100
percent in two months.
    
    The new customer agreements in the U.S. are with Digital Island
and Advanced Radio Telecom Corp.  In Europe, Level 3 has signed new
contracts with Vizzavi, Dedigate, Infonie, BIS, Liberty Surf Telecom,
WISH-NOKNOK, Eutelest, SURFnet, Free, and NL.tree.  The new customer
agreements in Asia comprise a number of companies, including Swire
Properties and PacketVideo.
    
    Many of these customers use the wholesale (3)CrossRoads Internet
access service in multiple states and countries.  (3)CrossRoads is a
high-performance wholesale Internet access service that enables
satellite, wireless and other communications-intensive companies to
gain cost and performance benefits for bringing and exchanging
traffic on Level 3's global broadband network.
    
    "(3)CrossRoads is a high performance Internet Protocol (IP)
service that enables customers to manage costs by using the
industry's first pricing approach based on the destination of their
Internet traffic," said Brian Horsfield, vice president of Global IP
Services for Level 3.  "Level 3 is uniquely positioned to offer
(3)CrossRoads service at disruptive prices while maintaining high
margins because of our conduit and fibre rich metropolitan and long
haul networks, Ethernet technology, and a large base of IP-intensive
customers in 63 Level 3 Gateway data centres globally."
    
    "In addition to Level 3 Gateway data centres, we currently provide
(3)CrossRoads Internet access to communications-intensive customers
in more than 100 Internet data centres and other facilities not owned
by Level 3," added Horsfield.  "To continue our aggressive efforts to
drive traffic onto our metropolitan, long-haul and undersea networks,
we expect to extend availability of the service to over 250 locations
globally by the end of this year."
    
    (3)CrossRoads Internet Access Service
    
    (3)CrossRoads is an IP service that offers a wide range of
interface types and access locations, including a Gigabit Ethernet
(1,000 Mbps) customer interface option.  Level 3 employs a unique
network approach to track the destination and monitor the bandwidth
usage of IP packets travelling on or off its high-capacity,
continuously upgradeable fibre optic network.
    
    (3)CrossRoads features Destination Sensitive Billing (DSB), the
industry's first pricing based on the destination of Internet traffic
rather than traditional flat rate pricing.  The new service enables
Level 3 customers to enjoy long-term cost savings and bypass
congested Internet exchange points, minimising latency and improving
end-user experience.
    
    (3)CrossRoads service is available today in 39 North American
markets, nine European markets and two Asian markets.  Level 3
customers can take advantage of (3)CrossRoads from a Level 3 Gateway,
their own premises, and other IP-enabled facilities connected to the
Level 3 network -- such as neutral collocation centres and carrier
hotels.  For more information on (3)CrossRoads, visit
http://www.level3.com/us/services/crossroads/.
    
    About Level 3 Communications
    
    Level 3 (Nasdaq: LVLT) is a global communications and information
services company offering a wide selection of services including IP
services, broadband transport, collocation services and the
industry's first Softswitch based services.  Level 3 offers services
primarily to communications intensive companies that deliver their
services over the Level 3 Network.  Its Web address is
www.Level3.com.
    
    (3)CrossRoads is a service mark of Level 3 Communications, Inc.
    
    Some of the statements made by Level 3 in this press release are
forward-looking in nature.  Actual results may differ materially from
those projected in forward-looking statements.  Level 3 believes that
its primary risk factors include, but are not limited to: substantial
capital requirements; development of effective internal processes and
systems; the ability to attract and retain high quality employees;
changes in the overall economy; technology; the number and size of
competitors in its markets; law and regulatory policy; and the mix of
products and services offered in the company's target markets.
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 release should be evaluated
in light of these important factors.
    
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