Level 3 Deploys Expanded Capacity and New Services in Mexico

Nov 14, 2011, 08:00 ET from Level 3 Communications, Inc.

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc., (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has expanded its network capacity and suite of services in Mexico to address growing broadband demand and to better serve global enterprises and carriers doing business in Mexico. Through its locally licensed affiliate in Mexico, Level 3 now offers the following services: EtherSphere(SM) Wide Area Network (WAN) transport services, Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN), Wavelength Services, Private Line, Dedicated Internet Access and High Speed IP service, and Ethernet local access service.

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"This is good news for both multinational corporations and telecom service providers that do business in Mexico and are looking for a more direct route to Latin America," said Hector Alonso, Level 3's regional president Latin America. "Mexico represents the second largest market in Latin America and serves as a gateway to the region. With this expansion, Level 3 continues to help businesses gain network efficiencies, and enables global solutions for data and transport services."

According to industry research firm, Gartner, the Mexican market for broadband Internet access, Ethernet and IP VPN services is projected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 15.8 percent between 2010 and 2015.

"Enterprises in Mexico are migrating from traditional services to IP-Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), seeking business benefits such as improved network performance," stated Elia San Miguel, principal research analyst for Latin America at Gartner. "Business Internet access revenue is growing quickly and will set the stage for more sophisticated communications-enabled business processes, including Ethernet, Gigabit Internet and WAN connectivity services that can allow easier and better connectivity with branch offices and telecommuters. Interest remains high for managed services, and the shift to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is starting to get into enterprise plans."

Level 3's network infrastructure in Mexico connects the cities of Guadalajara, Monterrey, Mexico City and Mazatlan through a 3,484 km ring. The system is capable of providing Terabits of capacity to transport voice, data and multimedia services.

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About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a premier global provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers' growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, visit www.level3.com.

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications, Level (3), Think Ahead, the Level 3 Logo and the Level 3 Think Ahead logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.  Services in Mexico are being offered by Global Crossing Landing Mexicana, S. of R.L. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some of the statements made in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements 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. The most 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, the current uncertainty in the global financial markets and the global economy; a discontinuation of the development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3's ability to obtain additional financing.  Additional factors include, but are not limited to, the company's ability to:  increase and maintain the volume of traffic on its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; and meet all of the terms and conditions of 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:

Richard Larris

Mark Stoutenberg

North America

+1 720-888-2518

+1 973-937-0153

Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

Richard.Larris@Level3.com  

Paula Vivo

Latin America

+55 11 3957 2424

Paula.Vivo@GlobalCrossing.com

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