Middle Eastern Game Developer Tahadi Games Selects Level 3 to Enhance Performance of Online Game Delivery

Level 3 CDN Services Optimize Capacity on Tahadi Servers, Enabling the Games Developer to Grow Business and Deliver Enhanced End-User Experience

Oct 18, 2011, 03:00 ET from Level 3 Communications

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced at the Content Delivery & Digital Services Middle East 2011 tradeshow that it has been selected to provide content delivery network (CDN) services to support the online delivery of game content for Tahadi Games, a leading online games publisher in the Middle East.

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Based in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tahadi Games delivers massively multiplayer online (MMO) and browser-based games to customers in the Middle East and North Africa. Under the terms of the agreement, Level 3 is providing the company with object delivery services to support faster downloads for Tahadi's game titles and a better online experience for its end-users. The agreement will also enable Tahadi to use Level 3's origin storage and content analytic services to more efficiently scale Tahadi's business and measure traffic delivery patterns.

"To be competitive, online games not only have to have rich and engaging media, but they have to be delivered with little to no delay or lag, and that's why we turned to Level 3's scalable and far-reaching CDN services," said Steve Tsao, CEO of Tahadi Games. "The enhanced network performance we get with Level 3 directly translates to an enhanced end-user experience, and that is critical to business growth."

As part of the agreement, Tahadi's content will be delivered from Level 3's recently activated CDN node in Saudi Arabia in order to provide faster and more efficient delivery of Tahadi's content. Level 3 continues to demonstrate its commitment to the Middle East region through its ongoing infrastructure expansion and by working with Level 3's regionally based Direct Sales Partners such as the Apex Group to develop Level 3's customer base in the Middle East.

"Today's gamers expect a fast, seamless experience from online games, and if they don't get it from one game, they'll quickly move on to the next," said James Heard, regional president of EMEA for Level 3. "Our CDN solutions enable Tahadi to choose the appropriate mix of services that will best meet their needs, and the scalability, reach and reliability of our network will help them minimize risk and grow their business."

For more information on Level 3's CDN capabilities, please visit www.level3.com/en/Products-and-Services/Video/Content.aspx.

Level 3 provides service over 165,000 intercity, metro and subsea fiber route miles with presence in more than 45 countries, providing a size and depth of connectivity on a broad scale.

For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a premier international 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. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. For more information, visit www.level3.com.

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