Grupo La Caridad Signs New Agreement with Level 3 to Optimize Its Communications One of Venezuela's Main Poultry Companies Has Chosen Level 3 to Connect Its Locations throughout the Country

CARACAS, Venezuela, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that Grupo La Caridad, the leading poultry producer and poultry genetics research company in Venezuela, has expanded its Level 3 Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) solution to its subsidiary, Avicola la Rosita, headquartered in Maracaibo. As a result, all of Grupo La Caridad's employees – from farms to distribution centers to corporate headquarters – will have access to the company's communications resources.

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Level 3's IP VPN solution will continue to facilitate the seamless exchange of large volumes of information through integrated satellite and terrestrial services in 33 locations throughout Venezuela, including Tachira, Aragua, Carabobo, Guarico, Zulia, Monagas, Falcon, Merida, Portuguesa, Cojedes, and Bolivar, among others. Level 3 began supporting Grupo La Caridad more than a decade ago.

"Level 3 has shown dedication and commitment implementing its solutions, always meeting all SLAs and enabling us to stay focused on our core business," said Adrian Rivero, systems manager of Grupo La Caridad.

"Level 3's IP VPN services simplify the network experience, enabling customers to stay focused on their business as well as on their business goals," said Diego Hernandez, director of Sales and Services for Level 3 in Venezuela. "These solutions provide the best performance, with the necessary global reach, reliability and network security to help Grupo La Caridad meet its targeted developments."

About Grupo La Caridad Holding
Grupo La Caridad is a Venezuelan company leader in the production of broiler chickens and associated benefits, as well as eggs for consumption and poultry genetics. Additionally they lead production of balanced food for pets, and are amongst pork and cold cuts top producers.

Their vision is to become leaders of animal protein production and trade in Venezuela, through highly efficient standards and competitive costs; as well as achieving an active participation of Venezuelans daily diet, thus consolidating their mission of providing high nutritional value products, freshness, variety and prices according to the purchasing capacity of the country's different social and economic strata demanding for meat. For more information, visit: http://grupolacaridad.com.ve/index.php

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 55 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.

Website Access to Company Information
Level 3 maintains a corporate website at www.level3.com, and you can find additional information about the company through the Investors pages on that website at http://lvlt.client.shareholder.com/. Level 3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of important information about the company. Level 3 routinely posts financial and other important information regarding the company and its business, financial condition and operations on the Investor Relations web pages.

Visitors to the Investors Relations web pages can view and print copies of Level 3's SEC filings, including periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, as soon as reasonably practicable after those filings are made with the SEC.

Copies of the charters for each of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Governance committees of Level 3's Board of Directors, its Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics, press releases and analysts and investor conference presentations are all available through the Investor Relations web pages.

Please note that the information contained on any of Level 3's web sites is not incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.

The information contained under the caption "About Grupo La Caridad Holding" has been provided by Grupo La Caridad, 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 Global Crossing acquisition or otherwise realize the anticipated benefits thereof; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; 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; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive; 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:

Richard Larris

Mark Stoutenberg

+1 973-937-0153

+ 1 720-888-2518

Richard.Larris@Level3.com

Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com



Paula Vivo


Latin America


+55 11-3957-2424


Paula.Vivo@Level3.com 


SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.



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