Hexcel Corporation Selects Level 3's Global Network Services to Support International Growth

   Hexcel Corporation Selects Level 3's Global Network Services to Support
                             International Growth

Advanced Composites Manufacturing Company Chooses Level 3's IP VPN and
Colocation Services to Support 25 Sites and 5,000 Staff Worldwide

PR Newswire

LONDON, Sept. 3, 2013

LONDON, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE:
LVLT) today announced that Hexcel Corporation, one of the world's leading
manufacturers of advanced composites, has selected Level 3's IP VPN (Internet
protocol virtual private network) and colocation services to support its
continued global expansion. 

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Hexcel, which manufactures high-performance composites for aerospace and
industrial applications, required additional capacity and global network reach
to support an expanding international team. The company's 5,000 manufacturing
and sales staff operate from 25 sites worldwide and are heavily dependent on
using networked manufacturing, ERP (enterprise resource planning) and other
enterprise software securely. 

Level 3's Ethernet IP VPN will replace legacy frame relay switched
connections, driving cost-efficiencies and adding extra capacity while
allowing for the prioritisation of traffic using MPLS (multiprotocol label
switching). In addition, operating on Level 3's end-to-end global IP network
provides Hexcel with streamlined vendor management and procurement processes,
as well as increased security by providing enhanced control of data. 

Hexcel has also selected Level 3's new European data centre in Hayes, UK, for
colocation services. This will provide crucial redundancy facilities, allowing
its mission-critical services to remain online in the event of any outages and
providing significant efficiency and cost-benefits.

"We chose Level 3 because the company's global network reach provides us with
numerous options in terms of regional and technical development," said Patrick
Winterlich, VP and CIO, Hexcel Corporation. "We were impressed by the
company's capabilities, in particular the ability to provide Ethernet
connections to the vast majority of our sites. Level 3's secure global IP
network services also provide us with high-level visibility of all traffic and
a single point of contact."

"The innovative global projects that Hexcel Corporation is involved in rely on
network services for fast and secure manufacturing across multiple sites and
geographies," said Tim Passingham, Level 3's senior vice president of EMEA
Enterprise Business. "Our global network and associated services are designed
for fast-growing companies like Hexcel Corporation that want to ensure a
collaborative working environment, as well as scalable and secure growth
worldwide."

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

About Hexcel
Hexcel Corporation is a leading advanced composites company. It develops,
manufactures and markets lightweight, high-performance structural materials,
including carbon fibers, reinforcements for composites, prepregs, honeycomb,
matrix systems, adhesives and composite structures, used in commercial
aerospace, space and defense and industrial applications. For more information
visit www.hexcel.com.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a Fortune 500 company that
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 500 markets in 55 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, please visit
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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.

The information contained under the caption "About Hexcel" has been provided
by Hexcel, which is solely responsible for its content.

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:
Beatrice Martin-Vignerte            Mark Stoutenberg
+44 (0) 330 060 7342                +1 720-888-2518
Beatrice.Martin-Vignerte@Level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com 
U.S. Media Contact:
Jon Paul McLeary
+1 720-888-3244
jonpaul.mcleary@level3.com

SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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