CenturyLink wins Defense Research & Engineering Network III contract

     CenturyLink wins Defense Research & Engineering Network III contract

Company to provide high-speed network services to the Department of Defense

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2013

WASHINGTON, April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CenturyLink, Inc.(NYSE: CTL)
recently won the Defense Research and Engineering Network (DREN) III contract
sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense High Performance Computing
Modernization Program (DoD HPCMP). The HPCMP aims to solve complicated and
time-consuming problems with massively-parallel computing and very high-speed
networking.

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The contract was awarded to CenturyLink by the Defense Information Systems
Agency's Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DISA DITCO).
The 10-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a minimum
award value of $250,000 and a ceiling of $750 million.

CenturyLink will provide a high-speed, fiber-optic network that connects the
department's supercomputers and researchers at speeds ranging from 50 megabits
to 100 gigabits per second. The company will supply Ethernet, Internet
Protocol and optical wave services through a Virtual Private Local Area
Network Service that will link defense scientists and engineers at leading
research institutions, laboratories and test facilities at more than 150 DoD
locations nationwide.

DREN enables researchers to design solutions to complex problems and develop
new technologies critical to the defense industrial base and national
security. In addition, DREN is an ideal national test bed to accelerate the
development and deployment of ultra-high-speed bandwidth applications and is a
leader in the deployment of next-generation networking and security
technologies. DREN III will accelerate these network advancements into even
higher levels of performance for the scientific community.

"We're excited by the new capabilities DREN III will provide the defense
research and test communities," said Dr. Reed Mosher, director of the
Information Technology Laboratory at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and
Development Center. "Robust connectivity, enabling collaboration among
world-class scientists and engineers, will result in fielding new and enhanced
warfighting capabilities in record time."

"DREN is an essential component of our program, connecting defense researchers
located throughout the country with the department's supercomputing
resources," said John West, director of the HPCMP. "We look forward to
collaborating with our new partners as we work together to provide new DREN
services and capabilities to our community."

"DREN enables the greatest minds in the scientific and engineering communities
to conduct research and develop some of the most advanced technologies in the
world," said Diana Gowen, CenturyLink senior vice president and general
manager, who oversees solutions for federal, state and local government
customers. "CenturyLink will provide a unique environment with seamless
communications to DREN III that will facilitate user access and enable
scientific collaboration throughout the network. CenturyLink's solution will
make DREN III a research network environment rather than a network that just
transports research data."

CenturyLink previously won a multi-year task order from DISA DITCO under the
General Services Administration's Networx program, valued at more than $250
million, to provide private line services for dedicated high-speed connections
between military installations. CenturyLink has served the research and
engineering community since 1998, when the company signed an agreement with
the National Science Foundation to provide network services.

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United
States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by
technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud
infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink
provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select
international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network
and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also
offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism® TV and
DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500
company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America's largest
corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.

About the High Performance Computing Modernization Program

The High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) provides the
Department of Defense (DoD) with supercomputing capabilities, high-speed
network communications and computational science expertise that enable DoD
scientists and engineers to conduct a wide-range of focused research,
development and test activities. This partnership puts advanced technology in
the hands of U.S. forces more quickly, less expensively, and with greater
certainty of success. Today, the HPCMP provides a complete advanced computing
environment for DoD that includes unique expertise in software development and
system design, powerful high performance computing systems, and a premier
wide-area research network. The HPCMP is managed on behalf of DoD by the U.S.
Army Engineer Research and Development Center. For more information, visit
www.hpc.mil.

SOURCE CenturyLink, Inc.

Website: http://www.centurytel.com
Contact: Linda M. Johnson, 202-429-3130, linda.m.johnson@centurylink.com