Level 3 Communications Receives U.S. Growth Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan

  Level 3 Communications Receives U.S. Growth Leadership Award from Frost &

Level 3 Recognized by Frost & Sullivan for Leadership in Internet Services
Based on Market Performance

PR Newswire

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 20, 2013

BROOMFIELD, Colo., March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Level 3 Communications, Inc.
(NYSE: LVLT) announced that it has beenhonored by Frost & Sullivan, a leading
industry research firm, as the recipient of the 2012 U.S. Growth Leadership
Award for dedicated Internet access (DIA) services. Based on Frost &
Sullivan's analysis, Level 3 has continued to grow its market share at
industry-leading rates over the last three years. Level 3 was also recognized
for innovation in online DIA service capabilities, which enable customers and
prospects to easily navigate and streamline their entire service experience.

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The Growth Leadership Award is based on the results of Frost & Sullivan's Best
Practices research, which identifies industry leaders that have excelled in
advancing specific technologies and services within the marketplace, resulting
in industry-leading growth in acquiring market share.

"Three key factors have enabled Level 3 to successfully acquire share in the
U.S. market for dedicated Internet access services," stated Charles Carr,
senior analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "First, the company is offering a
comprehensive Internet service that can be ordered standalone or bundled with
managed network and security services. Second, the company has successfully
expanded its network access and services to more markets globally. Finally,
customers are recognizing that Level 3 is a trusted provider whose network
consistently delivers a fast, secure and reliable connection."

Frost & Sullivan evaluates the performance of potential recipients based on
their TEAM (technical, economic, applied and market) Research methodology,
which incorporates market, technical, economic, financial, customer, best
practices and demographic analyses. These research discipline areas act as the
evaluative platform for benchmarking the growth strategies of industry

"The Growth Leadership Award demonstrates Level 3's continued commitment to
expanding its enterprise DIA service capabilities to support the growing needs
of today's businesses within a global marketplace," said Mark Taylor, Level
3's vice president of Media and IP Services. "We are delighted to be
recognized by Frost & Sullivan for the work we have done to grow our DIA
offering and remain dedicated to continuing this growth in order to improve
our customers' experience."

For more information on Level 3's DIA service offerings, visit

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 55 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
Communications, Level (3) and the Level 3 Logo either registered service
marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its
Affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. 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.

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; maintain
and increase traffic on its network; 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; defend
intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage the future expansion or
adaptation of its network to remain competitive; 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; 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:
Jon Paul McLeary           Mark Stoutenberg
720-888-3244               720-888-2518
JonPaul.McLeary@Level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.

Website: http://www.level3.com
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