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Level 3 continues to Expand its Network in Latin America
1,000 Additional Kilometers Added to IP and Metro Network in 2016

Buenos Aires, Argentina, April 19, 2017 - Global telecommunications provider Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) expanded its Latin American Internet Protocol (IP) and metro network to 26,000 kilometers in 2016. Main expansions took place in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama and Peru. The Company also upgraded its existing nodes and data centers throughout the region.

Argentina:

  • In 2016, Level 3 completed various expansions of its metropolitan network in Buenos Aires and long-haul network with an extension of its San Luis to Cordoba route.
  • Its IT infrastructure was updated and expanded, offering a more efficient management of its telecommunications equipment. In addition, Level 3 unified the way in which equipment, energy and events management is visualized in nodes and data centers, ensuring that all aspects of infrastructure are identified almost immediately.

 

Brazil:

  • Level 3 carried out expansions in its global IP and metropolitan network in the cities of Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Salvador, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. And capillarity was also extended with IP services to new cities such as Alphaville, Joinville, Mogi Mirim and Seropedica.
  • Level 3 expanded its long-distance networks between Cotia-Curitiba, Cotia-Belo Horizonte, Cotia-Campinas, Campinas-Hortolandia and Belo Horizonte-Rio de Janeiro. These additional sub-loops strengthen route diversity, further fortifying business continuity disaster recovery capabilities, providing businesses with a complete fiber path, additional route diversity and increased capacity.

 

Colombia:

  • A network expansion was completed on the Bogotá metropolitan network and its long-haul network in the Cali-Bogotá-Medellin-Cali ring.

 

Ecuador:

  • The metropolitan network was expanded with connectivity to the Transelectric data center.

 

Mexico:

  • Level 3’s long distance network was expanded in the Mexican cities of Monterrey, Mexico City and Guadalajara, in addition to the International long-haul network from Monterrey to McAllen, Texas (U.S.).

 

Panama:

  • Level 3 expanded its fiber optic infrastructure in Panama, generating increased service availability to its subsea cable system network.

 

Data Center and Node Upgrades:

  • Level 3 continued to invest in its data center expansions in Cotia and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil; Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile; Cali, Colombia and Lima, Peru. The expansions were conducted to meet the increasing customer demand for greater space with secure and controlled energy flow and cooling systems.
  • The company expanded the Vyvx node in Ciudad de Mexico and is adding new nodes in additional cities in Mexico during 2017.
  • A new Vyvx node service was added in Quito, Ecuador.
  • Additionally, energy and control systems for monitoring were implemented in various nodes throughout Latin America. More than 53 nodes were optimized with energy saving equipment, more efficient air conditioners that take up less space. As a result of the recent improvements, increased space was created allowing for more availability and a greater footprint than before.

 

Key Facts about Level 3’s Network:

  • Level 3 has a 26,000 kilometer network footprint throughout Latin America.
  • Level 3's global fiber-optic network stretches for more than 330,000 kilometers serving customers in more than 60 countries and 500 major cities around the globe.
  • Level 3’s global IP backbone capacity is more than 43 Terabits per second.
  • 46,300 on-net buildings worldwide, 17% in Latin America.

 

Key Quote:

Hector Alonso, Level 3´s regional president for Latin America
As Latin American businesses grow in their technology needs, at Level 3, we are committed to future-proofing our network to meet our customers´ requirements today and well into the future. To ensure we are solving customer challenges for efficiency, reliability and security, we have expanded our network and infrastructure throughout some of the main markets in Latin America.”

 

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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 over 60 countries across 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, Vyvx, 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 elsewhere. 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.

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: increase revenue from its services to realize its targets for financial and operating performance; 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; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; 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; 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.

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Media:                                                  Investors:
D. Nikki Wheeler                                    Mark Stoutenberg
+1 720-888-0560                                    +1 720-888-2518
Nikki.Wheeler@Level3.com                    mark.stoutenberg@level3.com  

Paula Vivo
Latín America
+55 11-3957-2424
paula.vivo@level3.com

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