Level 3 Announces Amazon Web Services Direct Connect Support Enterprises Benefit from More Efficient and Reliable Cloud Operating Environment

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced support for Amazon Web Services (AWS) as an AWS Partner Network (APN) Technology Partner. For enterprises addressing the complexities of establishing and optimizing cloud-based services, this partnership leverages the suite of Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions across the global Level 3 network to create a more efficient and reliable cloud operating environment with improved application performance and network security.

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As an APN Technology Partner supporting AWS Direct Connect, Level 3 offers private network connections to every AWS Direct Connect location. Support for new Ethernet and VPN hosted connections delivers direct access to leading cloud services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Simple Storage Service and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud. The combined network infrastructure provides an easier migration path for enterprises to effectively establish and scale connectivity between remote office locations, data centers and AWS to create a cloud ecosystem with greater flexibility to address evolving IT requirements.

The partnership reinforces the recently announced portfolio of Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions, which offers extensive fiber-based routes with latency guarantees between enterprises and AWS to improve application performance. Level 3 also offers the flexibility of usage-based billing, allowing enterprises to take advantage of on-demand access to network bandwidth and services, while only paying for what is consumed. Additionally, Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions leverages its private network connections to AWS, along with the company's expansive view of the global cyber threat landscape to reduce network security risks for enterprises operating IT services in the cloud.

"To do business in the cloud, enterprises have to solve their migration, security and performance challenges," said Paul Savill, senior vice president product management for Level 3. "The combination of Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and AWS Direct Connect make it easier and more cost effective to move, operate and secure enterprise applications in the cloud."

For more information on Level 3's services in support of AWS Direct Connect, visit www.level3.com/awsdirectconnect.

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 55 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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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.

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

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Investors:

Kimmie Greene

Mark Stoutenberg

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720-888-2518

Kimmie.Greene@Level3.com 

Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.



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