Enterprise WAN System optimizes application performance.

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Offering integrated approach to solving complex network management, WAN Solution incorporates professional services, varying levels of managed services for customer equipment, network-based firewalls to speed access to cloud applications, WAN optimization for visibility into application performance, and advanced data services. Ethernet access options with CLEC and cable partners help enterprises lower total costs while maintaining end-to-end service level agreements.



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Level 3 Launches New Service Solution to Simplify Network Complexity and Improve Application Performance for Enterprises



New WAN Solution Packages DIA, VPN, Ethernet, Managed Services and Professional Services

BROOMFIELD, Colo., -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it is now offering a new wide area networking (WAN) solution for enterprises. The solution offers a comprehensive approach to enterprise networking needs, including an integrated portfolio of Level 3's advanced services, to better enable enterprises to optimize the performance of critical business applications. As part of this solution, Level 3 is packaging services such as dedicated Internet access (DIA), multi-protocol label switching (MPLS)-based virtual private network (VPN), Ethernet and managed services as well as extending its professional services portfolio to support business needs behind the customer premise equipment, whether it be network design, onsite project management or simply staff augmentation.

"Providers need to step up their focus on managed and professional services, because simplification and standardization are crucial components of succeeding in today's rapidly interconnected, global marketplace," said Robert F. Mason, Network and Communications Services Research Director, Gartner, Inc. "In order to remain competitive, enterprises need to emphasize solutions that optimize application performance and improve productivity across their lines of business."

Given the rising adoption of virtualization, mobility and cloud applications, enterprises are increasingly struggling with complex networks whose architecture hampers overall business productivity and efficiency. Enterprise application data flows have changed, and outdated network architectures can increase latency, or traffic delays, dramatically, resulting in reduced application performance. The increasing amount and complexity of network traffic for businesses requires comprehensive solutions that can prioritize and accelerate essential applications and enhance their performance.

"Level 3 has a proven and experienced team of network professionals that is dedicated to continually improving its advanced network services in order to offer our customers a comprehensive solution to meeting their various business challenges," said Paul Savill, senior vice president of Data, Transport and Infrastructure Services for Level 3. "By building in features such as WAN optimization and professional services, our new WAN offering is an integrated package designed to help enterprises improve the performance of their critical applications, consolidate network management and, ultimately, succeed in their market."

Level 3's new WAN solution includes multiple components that offer an integrated approach to solving complex network management. The package includes: improved WAN assessment and design that incorporates professional services, varying levels of managed services for customer equipment, network-based firewalls to speed up access to cloud applications, WAN optimization that offers increased visibility into application performance, and a full portfolio of Level 3's advanced, award-winning data services. In addition to these components, new Ethernet access options with competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) and cable partners extend Level 3's reach to help enterprises lower total costs while maintaining end-to-end service level agreements (SLAs).

For more information on Level 3's WAN solution, visit www.level3.com/Solutions/business-need/Smart-WAN.aspx.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content, wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services, including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. For more information, visit www.Level3.com.

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