Level 3 Debuts New Channel Partner Program; Introduces Tiered Structure and Enhanced Support Resources

 Level 3 Debuts New Channel Partner Program; Introduces Tiered Structure and
                          Enhanced Support Resources

Company Establishes Advisory Board to Bolster Award-Winning Indirect Sales
Channel

PR Newswire

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 22, 2013

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc.
(NYSE: LVLT) today announced that it has launched the Level 3 Partner Program
to bolster the support it provides its indirect sales channel. The Channel
Partner Program establishes a new tiered structure for channel partners and
Solution Providers, and makes more resources available to them.

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The program enhancements are designed to help partners effectively cross-sell
the company's entire portfolio of leading services, including international
wide area networks, IP services, collaboration and voice services, and the
company's newly launched security portfolio. Enhanced resources of the program
include:

  oincreased pre-sales design support;
  oincreased channel manager staff, and
  osupport for creating end-customer demand.

"Level 3 partners have the ability to grow their businesses by selling on a
local, regional, and global level with dedicated, local support," said Michael
Jerich, vice president of the Level 3 Indirect Channel. "They have a vast
portfolio of end-to-end solutions in their arsenal that are complemented by
new tools, systems, and processes that will augment the selling effort to
their customers and will make doing business with us as easy as possible."

Under the new program, Channel Partners will be categorized using a new,
three-pronged tiering structure – Elite, Premier, and Authorized – which is
designed to encourage growth and reward partners for loyalty and long-term
success; establish revenue commitments for them, and delineate the level of
support partners receive. The higher-tiered partners will receive additional
benefits, such as:

  oaccount team dedication;
  omarket development funds;
  oleads for new partners, and
  odeeper go-to-market support.

Level 3 also has established an enhanced support structure for partners to
make it easier for them to do business with the company and, in turn, more
quickly serve their customers. Among the program elements that enrich agent
support is the creation of an additional channel manager role that:

  ocomplements the efforts of local support teams;
  odevotes additional support resources to them, and
  oassists joint sales activities.

In addition, an enhanced Partner Experience team will help partners navigate
their end-users' lifecycle management to ensure a high-quality Level 3
customer experience.

Agents also will have access to the Level 3 Partner Portal, which provides
them product information, marketing resources, training, and network maps, as
well as on-net selling tools and contracts. In addition, the portal gives
partners access to an online quoting platform that provides 24x7 access to
further enable their selling efforts.

Company Establishes Partner Advisory Board

Additionally, in an effort to enhance its award-winning channel sales program,
Level 3 has established a Partner Advisory Board, which serves as a "Think
Tank" for the indirect channel that sells Level 3 solutions. This group shares
feedback; explores revenue growth strategies; provides updates on company
strategy, direction and service roadmaps; facilitates a closer relationship
between members and the company; and leverages the power of member feedback to
implement change where it may be needed.

"Channel members agree that Level 3's creation of this new advisory board will
help facilitate open communication among its management team and member
partners," said Jay Bradley, advisory board member and president of Telecom
Services for Intelisys. "Most importantly, we can provide Level 3 valuable
insight into channel partner issues and concerns, which will help strengthen
the program and our relationships."

Additional advisory board members are:
Dave Gardner, president, Advantage;
John Cunningham, CEO, BCM;
Ian Kieninger, chief executive officer, AVANT;
Matt Harty, president and chief executive officer, CNSG;
Joel St. Germain, chief executive officer and founder, GCG;
Brad Miehl, CEO, MicroCorp;
Steve Moody, vice president - Carrier Services, Presidio;
John Kirby, president, SCI;
Jerry Goldman, CEO, Select Conferencing;
Shane Heise, CEO, Simplify;
Ed Degenhart, chief operating officer and co-founder, Subsidium;
Ken Mercer, senior vice president, TBI;
Adam Edwards, president, Telarus.

For more information on Level 3's Partner Program, visit
http://www.level3.com/en/partner-programs/business-partners/.

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. For more
information, please visit www.level3.com

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3
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Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Any other service
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provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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 web sites is
not incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document
unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.

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:
Kate Rankin                 Mark Stoutenberg
+1 973 937-0417             +1 720-888-2518
Kathleen.Rankin@level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com



SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Website: http://www.level3.com
 
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