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Level 3 and Akamai expand relationship with new global agreement
Akamai to Increase Use of (3)CrossRoads Internet Access Service and (3)Center Colocation Space in Level 3 Data Centers in United States, Europe and Asia

    Broomfield, Colorado (ots-PRNewswire) - Akamai to Expand Deployment of Edge Servers in Level 3's Global Broadband Network          Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT) has announced it has expanded its relationship with Akamai Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AKAM), a leading Content Delivery Service Provider (CDSP). The companies have formed a strategic alliance under which Akamai will increase its use of (3)CrossRoads Internet access service and (3)Center Colocation space in Level 3 data centers in the United States, Europe and Asia.          The agreement allows Akamai to expand its deployment of edge servers in Level 3's global broadband network to deliver Akamaized(SM) content from its servers to Level 3 wholesale customers and other users with access to the Level 3 network. As a result of the alliance, Akamai can accelerate the delivery of Internet content and improve the quality and reliability of streaming media for Level 3 customers and other Internet users on a global basis.          "Level 3 is pleased to be working with Akamai on a global basis to help them drive continued improvements in Internet performance and end-user experience," said Brian Horsfield, vice president of Global IP Services for Level 3. "This agreement with Akamai, who we believe is the leading content delivery service provider in the world, represents one of our most extensive and important global alliances to date."          Akamai's globally distributed network of servers enables the delivery of all forms of Internet content, including live and on-demand streaming media, as well as applications. Through this relationship with Level 3, Akamai is continuing to expand its global network of servers to deliver content closer to Internet end users with high-performance results. Akamai serves more than 3,675 customers worldwide, including 1,337 recurring customers, and has deployed more than 8,000 servers in 55 countries.          "Our goal is to consistently expand our global network to deliver popular web content closer and more reliably to end users," said Avi Freedman, vice president, chief network architect, Akamai. "As a recognised IP network leader, Level 3 is a logical choice for Akamai to broadly deploy our edge delivery servers. Akamai finds significant value in Level 3's capacity-built global network, its reach and its ability to provide burstability during periods of heightened Internet traffic."          About (3)CrossRoads Internet Access Service          (3)CrossRoads is an IP-based Internet access 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 of IP packets and monitor the bandwidth usage on its high capacity, continuously upgradeable fiber-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 the end-user experience.          About (3)Center Colocation Service          The portals to Level 3's global broadband network are advanced data centers called Gateways. These facilities provide (3)Center Colocation space where communications intensive companies can physically locate their equipment and connect directly to the Level 3 network. (3)Center Colocation service is available in more than 60 Level 3 Gateways in North America, Europe and Asia. To date, the company has secured approximately 6 million square feet of data center space around the world.          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, colocation 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)Center Colocation 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.      ots Original Text Service: Level 3 Communications, Inc. Internet: http://recherche.newsaktuell.de

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