Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Reaches Operational and Customer Milestones
Company Offers Bandwidth Services in More Than 150 Internet and Communications Centers in North America, Europe and Asia

    Broomfield, Colo. (ots-PRNewswire) - Level 3 Serves More Than 2,400 Customers From Technology Facilities, Including Over 600 (3)CrossRoads Customers

    Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT) today announced that it now offers bandwidth services in more than 150 Internet and communications centers in North America, Europe and Asia. The technology facilities comprise over 50 advanced Level 3 data centers and 100 carrier hotels and other buildings not owned by the company.

    Through these facilities Level 3 serves more than 2,400 communications intensive customers, with over 600 (3)CrossRoads customers among them, including Akamai, Microsoft, EarthLink and Yahoo Broadcast. Other services Level 3 offers from the facilities include (3)Link Private Line, (3)Link Dark Fiber, (3)Link Global Wavelength, (3)Voice, (3)Connect Modem and (3)Center Colocation. Not all services, however, are available in all facilities.

    "We've been very aggressive about extending the reach of our low-cost bandwidth services to communications intensive companies in facilities that give us the greatest opportunity to drive traffic onto our metropolitan, long-haul and undersea networks," said Lee Jobe, president of Global Operations for Level 3. "With our network nearly complete and services available in more than 150 Internet and communications centers, we expect to see significant increases in the amount of traffic traveling on our network."

    Level 3 is able to offer services through many of the data center facilities not owned by the company by leveraging an advanced version of Ethernet technology, the mainstay of computer networks for more than two decades. Level 3 provides access to many of the non-Level 3 facilities using its new (3)CrossRoads EPOP (Ethernet Point of Presence) service. The service delivers high-speed, cost-effective Internet access over Level 3's metropolitan networks without involving phone companies. As a result, instead of waiting up to six months for a 45 Mbps access line, (3)CrossRoads EPOP customers can get more than 20 times the access speed in just a few days, while avoiding expensive local loop fees.

    "(3)CrossRoads EPOP builds upon our (3)CrossRoads Internet access service and enables communications intensive businesses to use high-speed Ethernet Internet access without colocating in a Level 3 data center," said Brian Horsfield, vice president of Global IP Services for Level 3. "The EPOP service lowers bandwidth costs for bandwidth intensive companies by using an Ethernet interface, and by rewarding our customers for exchanging traffic on our network."

    About Level 3 Communications

    Level 3 (Nasdaq: LVLT) is a global communications and information services company offering a wide selection of IP-based services including broadband transport, colocation services, submarine transmission 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 and (3)CrossRoads EPOP are service marks 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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