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Level 3 Takes Top Spot in IHS Markit SIP Trunking Scorecard
Largest Installed Base of Trunks Contributes to Overall Leadership Score

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Nov. 15, 2016Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) received the top ranking in the 2016 IHS SIP Trunking North America Service Provider Scorecard. The scorecard analyzes and ranks the top 10 Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking service providers in North America.

“The scorecard identifies companies best positioned to succeed long-term. Level 3 is a consistent top performer and an innovator in the SIP trunking space,” said Diane Myers, senior research director for VoIP, UC and IMS at IHS Markit.

IHS Markit analyzes and ranks North American service providers against criteria including the number of IP-connectivity trunks, financial stability, market strategy, service capabilities and support options.

Level 3’s SIP trunking service, Voice Complete, was recognized for its extensive list of supported PBXs and premise devices, direct ISDN connections to non-IP devices, standard and advanced features, and built-in emergency services and failover protection.

“While being named the top provider is an honor, it is also a testament to our commitment to doing the right thing for our customers and delivering innovations that improve their bottom line,” said Christopher Smith, vice president of enterprise voice and contact center services at Level 3. “Legacy voice network traffic is migrating toward cloud-based applications that run on IP-based networks like ours. We are focused on working with our customers to make that transition achievable.

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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. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. For more information, visit www.level3.com or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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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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