Level 3 Launches New High-Speed Content Upload Service

Level 3 Teams with High-Performance Transporter Aspera to Expedite Large-File Content Delivery

NEW YORK, May 13 / / - Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it will offer its Content Delivery Network (CDN) customers a new High-Speed Content Upload service that enables rapid uploading of multimedia content to the Level 3 Origin Storage Platform.

Level 3 has augmented its Origin Storage offering to facilitate the upload and delivery of large files at speeds of up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps). To deliver this new service, Level 3 selected Aspera Inc.'s innovative fasp(TM) transport technology for its ability to move data at extremely high speeds, regardless of file size, network conditions and transfer distance. Level 3 is the first CDN provider to fully deploy Aspera's high-speed file transfer technology solution.

With a single 1 Gbps bandwidth connection, Level 3 CDN customers can move a terabyte of data - equivalent to approximately 1,000 full-length feature movies - from New York to Los Angeles in just over two hours.

"Level 3 has one of the most-connected fiber networks in the world," said Cary Capece, senior vice president of Sales and Business Development at Aspera. "Aspera's next-generation fasp transport technology combined with Level 3's CDN provides customers with maximum ingest and transfer speeds, reliability and security - exactly what companies are looking for from their content delivery provider."

The High-Speed Content Upload service comes at no additional cost to Level 3 CDN customers who use Level 3's Origin Storage service, a solution that allows customers to outsource the storage and management of their multimedia content.

"We continually look for ways to expand our CDN service portfolio to meet our customer's growing online needs," said Peter Neill, senior vice president of Level 3's Content Markets Group. "Aspera has been a fantastic company to work with, and our new High-Speed Content Upload service is a significant enhancement to our end-to-end content delivery workflow."

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.

Level 3 Communications, Level 3, the red 3D brackets and the Level 3 Communications logo are registered service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. Any other service, product or company names recited herein are trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Source: Level 3 Communications, Inc.

CONTACT: media, Vince Hancock, +1-720-888-2146 of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Web Site: http://www.level3.com/

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