Level 3 Recognized with Frost & Sullivan's "2012 Latin America Growth Leadership Award in Data Communications Services"

    Level 3 Recognized with Frost & Sullivan's "2012 Latin America Growth
              Leadership Award in Data Communications Services"

PR Newswire

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Dec. 10, 2012

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc.
(NYSE: LVLT) was presented with the "2012 Latin America Growth Leadership
Award in Data Communications Services" at the 2012 Frost & Sullivan Excellence
in Best Practices Awards Banquet held November 29, 2012, at the Grand Hyatt
Hotel in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

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The Frost & Sullivan Growth Leadership Award is presented to the company that
has demonstrated excellence in capturing the highest annual compound growth
rate for the past three years. In addition to differentiating its data
communications services, the company has developed new offerings to meet
increased demand for video streaming, while also leveraging the company's data
center facilities to meet the need for virtual services with new hosting,
storage, and increased backup to help customers grow in the region and

"This recognition was a result of our growth in the Latin America region,
driven by our data communications services, including Internet Protocol (IP)
and Data services, among others," said Leonardo Barbero, Level 3's chief
marketing officer and senior vice president for Latin America. "This growth
was also thanks to our high-capacity connections, along with our network
management services and value-added services that enhance the performance of
our solutions. The award underscores our focus on a positive customer

"This award is evidence of Level 3's exceptional performance on data
communications services in Latin America, driven by its ability to deliver
high capacity circuits, innovative value-added services and leading customer
support," said Renato Pasquini, Frost & Sullivan Telecommunications Team
Leader in Latin America. "Level 3 was able to differentiate its connectivity
offerings with network management services and other value-added services that
enhance the performance of its solutions, resulting in increasing customer
satisfaction and value."

Frost & Sullivan's Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of
regional and global markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and
superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation,
customer service, and strategic product development. Industry analysts compare
market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews,
analysis, and extensive secondary research in order to identify best

For more information on Level 3's 2012 analyst awards for data services,
visit: http://www.level3.com/en/landing-pages/vpn-landing/vpn-industry-awards/

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About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) 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 450 markets in 45 countries
over 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.

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://lvlt.client.shareholder.com/. 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 websites is not
incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document
unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.

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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; obtain
additional financing, particularly in the event of disruptions in the
financial markets; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing
for communications services; maintain and increase traffic on its network;
develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and
network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer
demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes
that could adversely affect the company's competitiveness; defend intellectual
property and proprietary rights; 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:
Richard Larris            Mark Stoutenberg
+1 973-937-0153           + 1 720-888-2518
Richard.Larris@Level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com
Paula Vivo
Latin America
+55 11-3957-2424

SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Website: http://www.level3.com
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