Level 3 Network Enables NATO-Russia Council to Monitor Airspace Safety of Commercial Flights

  Level 3 Network Enables NATO-Russia Council to Monitor Airspace Safety of
                              Commercial Flights

  PR Newswire

  LONDON, Jan. 14, 2013

- NATO Communications and Information Agency Selects Level 3 to Provide
Network Connectivity between Airspace Monitoring Facilities

LONDON, Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications B.V., an
affiliate of Level 3 Communications, Inc. , (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that
the company has signed a contract with the NATO Communications and Information
Agency (NCIA) to install and maintain an IP Virtual Private Network (VPN) to
be used by the NATO-Russia Council Cooperative Airspace Initiative (NRC CAI).

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The joint NATO-Russia CAI system was completed in 2009 and the CAI's testing
period began to see how well the system worked sharing air traffic
information. In December 2011, NRC Foreign Ministers declared the system
operational and in 2013, the NRC will have a 24/7 capability to monitor air
traffic. More information on CAI and the NRC is available at
www.nato-russia-council.info .

The aim of this initiative is to enhance airspace transparency between NATO
and Russia, identify any suspicious aircraft activities, and provide early
warnings through the monitoring of NATO-Russian airspace. As part of this
project, the Level 3 network will connect a range of NATO monitoring
facilities and enable real-time display and observation of commercial airspace

"The Level 3 network will connect the NATO CAI units and hence support the
improvement of air safety for the thousands of passengers using international
flights between NATO and Russian airspace each day, and the millions of
inhabitants on the ground," said Dr Rene van der Heiden, Programme Manager and
leader of the NRC CAI Operations and Enhancement Support Team.

"The Level 3 network and our IP VPN services are designed for performance,
security and productivity, and we are pleased to be selected by NATO to
provide IP VPN-based infrastructure between the key locations of the CAI
network," said James Heard, Level 3 regional president of EMEA.. "With our
services, NATO will be able to exchange air traffic information and direct
voice coordination with the security and reliability they need."

For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings,
visit www.level3.com .

About the NATO Communications and Information Agency

The NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency connects forces, NATO and
Nations, where and when required by providing interoperable Communications and
Information Systems and services. The NCI Agency is the provider of NATO-wide
IT services and state-of-the-art C4ISR capabilities including cyber and
missile defence. In strengthening the Alliance, the Agency applies industry
best practices and provides a full life-cycle approach: from analysis and
concept development, through experimentation and capability development, to
operations and maintenance for both missions and exercises. The NCI Agency is
a key pillar of NATO Secretary General's Smart Defence and Connected Forces
initiatives. For more information visit
http://www.ncia.nato.int/Pages/default.aspx .

This information provided by NATO Communications and Information Agency which
is solely responsible for its content.

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 .

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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
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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
U.S. Media:                Investors:
Monica Martinez            Mark Stoutenberg
+1-720-888-3991           +1-720-888-2518
Monica.Martinez@Level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com
EMEA Media:
Barry Monk

Website: http://www.level3.com
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