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Level 3's Data Center Obtains Colombia's First Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents Award

June 6, 2014



ENP Newswire - 06 June 2014

Release date- 05062014 - BOGOTA, Colombia - Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) announced it has obtained Tier III Certification of Design Documents from Uptime Institute for its newly constructed data center in Bogota, Colombia.

It is the first data center in Colombia to receive this certification, which requires redundant capacity components and multiple independent distribution paths serving the critical environment.

Uptime Institute's Tier Classification System provides a consistent method to compare typically unique, customized facilities or designs based on expected site infrastructure performance or uptime. The Tier III Certification of Design Documents signifies the data center design meets the requirements set out by Uptime Institute's global benchmarking system and standards for Concurrent Maintainability. This means data center operators can isolate components and perform planned maintenance without taking the data center offline or affecting IT Operations.

'Being the first data center to receive this certification in Colombia speaks to Level 3's commitment to constantly improve the quality of service we deliver to our customers,' said Gabriel del Campo, Level 3's senior vice president of Data Centers for Latin America. 'We know our customers depend on us for a secure and efficient data center experience so it was important that we committed to obtaining this certification from the beginning. The building's construction process started with a tier gap analysis identifying any areas of improvement and an in-depth analysis of the design to ensure we met the high standards.'

The Level 3 Bogota data center is managed by an on-site team of experienced technical specialists; the facility meets the latest Colombian building code specifications (NSR-10 Zone 4) for earthquake preparedness, as well as industry guidelines for energy and environmental conditioning from Uptime Institute for a Tier III data center. Additionally, the data center was built using the 2N philosophy (system + system), which results in higher redundancy and reliability.

The Colombian data center offers a holistic solution so customers' businesses can continue to grow with the right amount of space and power and the services to meet their needs. The facility enables the hosting and managing of business important enterprise information and technology platforms, helping customers to reduce operations, administration and maintenance expenses.

Level 3 meets the burgeoning worldwide demand for data services by bringing additional capacity to its 14 existing data centers in Latin America and to its more than 350 data centers worldwide. All Level 3 data centers are located directly on Level 3's global backbone, reducing latency and costly metro access, providing on-net access to more than 60 countries and offering the freedom to connect to alternative service providers.

For more information about Level 3's data center services, visit: http://www.level3.com.

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 60 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.

Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications, Level (3) and the Level 3 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. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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://investors.level3.com/investor-relations/default.aspx. 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.

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:

Ashley Pritchard Mark Stoutenberg

+1 720-888-5950 + 1 720-888-2518

Ashley.Pritchard@Level3.comMark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

Paula Vivo

Latin America

+55 11-3957-2424

Paula.Vivo@Level3.com


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