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level 3 communications inc (LVLT) Details

Level 3 Communications, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a facilities-based provider of a range of integrated communications services primarily in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company provides core network services, including transport services comprising wavelengths, private lines, transoceanic services, and dark fiber, as well as related professional services; and colocation and data center services, such as cloud, hosting, and application management solutions. It also offers Internet protocol (IP) and data services comprising high speed IP, Internet access, virtual private network, content delivery network, media delivery, Vyvx broadcast, converged business network, and security services; local and enterprise voice services consisting of voice over IP enhanced local service, SIP trunking, local inbound, primary rate interface, long distance, and toll free services; and collaboration services, such as audio, Web, and video conferencing services. In addition, the company provides wholesale voice services, including long distance voice termination and toll free services. It primarily serves enterprises, multinational customers, portals and large search enterprises, regional service providers, systems integrators, and software service providers; online gaming providers, social networking providers, technology companies, and companies that provide video over the Internet; media conglomerates, programmers, studios and production companies, and broadcast station ownership groups; sports teams, and stadiums and venues; governments; and carriers, voice service providers, wireless providers, and broadband cable television operators. Level 3 Communications, Inc. was founded in 1884 and is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado.

level 3 communications inc (LVLT) Top Compensated Officers

Chief Executive Officer, President, Director ...
Total Annual Compensation: $2.8M
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice Pr...
Total Annual Compensation: $1.7M
Regional President of EMEA and GAM Division
Total Annual Compensation: $1.2M
Regional President of Latin America
Total Annual Compensation: $762.1K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

level 3 communications inc (LVLT) Key Developments

BMW Selects Level 3 Communications, Inc. for Content Delivery Network services

Level 3 Communications, Inc. announced that BMW is using Level 3 Content Delivery Network (CDN) services to speed the information flow between its Munich headquarters and its more than 4,000 dealers around the world. Level 3's CDN is part of a major BMW infrastructure upgrade project tailored to BMW's precise requirements. BMW is using the Level 3 CDN service to send large volumes of high-bandwidth data to its global dealers, replacing the DVD-based distribution that the company used for several years. The solution is designed with a very high level of redundancy to ensure maximum availability at all times. Dealers utilize the information to securely access key information, as well as configure vehicles for customers, apply software patches or upgrade navigation systems. Delivering it in this way further increases dealer and customer satisfaction, while leading to cost savings. Since changing to the Level 3 CDN, BMW enables its dealers to react much faster to customer requirements. BMW staff uploads the relevant information assets to the Level 3 storage platform. Dealers then connect to the platform following authentication. The solution automatically detects where the dealer is located and will select a server to provide fast and reliable performance. The CDN solution then checks the Web URL and login credentials of the dealer, who can then download the data in seconds. Dealers are essential to BMW's success and to the way the brand is perceived by customers. That is why offering them the best possible service to get the data they need quickly, regardless of the volume, is important. Level 3 has strong local presence, with specialists available in Germany and an exemplary performance and support team across global markets. In addition to this project, Level 3 provided fibre optic cables that connect BMW's headquarters directly to the Level 3 global network, including two additional routers located directly at BMW's premises in Munich. These ensure the protection against downtime along with maximum bandwidth at all times to global partners. With its global network, Level 3 provides the bandwidth BMW needs to share large quantities of data with its dealers and business partners globally.

Level 3 Communications, Inc. Enhances Managed Security Portfolio with Level 3 DDoS Mitigation Service

Level 3 Communications, Inc. enhanced its managed security portfolio with a new tool for enterprises looking to safeguard their critical data and systems, Level 3 DDoS Mitigation Service. The differentiated service provides protection closer to the network edge, saving customers time and money when it matters most – in the face of an attack. The combination of Level 3's expansive network which provides extensive attack traffic visibility and the service's ability to work on both Level 3 and on third-party networks provides a clear differentiator in the marketplace for customers. The vast level of visibility comes from the company's Content Delivery Network (CDN), IP and Domain Name System (DNS) networks. The addition of Level 3's threat analysis capabilities and managed security services enable it to assist enterprises in building a strong security posture to address today's complex threat landscape. DDoS Mitigation with Extensive Attack Traffic Visibility: The global service provides enhanced network routing, rate limiting and IP filtering alongside a network-based detection and mitigation scrubbing solution. Additionally, enterprises gain the benefits of threat intelligence used by Level 3's Security Operations Center (SOC). Additional benefits include: onImproved Performance – Ensure website, core applications and infrastructure remain secure and available. onGreater Security – Defend against a wide range of attack types and sizes from layers 3 to 7. onReduced Costs – Minimize upfront capital expenditures while providing multiple protection options for any IT budget. onGlobal and Scalable Coverage – Support flexible and growing networks in locations around the globe with scrubbing centers distributed throughout the world, not just in North America.

Level 3 Communications, Inc. Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Full Year Ended December 31, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Full Year 2015

Level 3 Communications, Inc. reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. For the quarter, the company reported revenues of USD 1,914 million compared to USD 1,602 million a year ago. Operating income was USD 231 million compared to USD 262 million a year ago. Loss before income taxes was USD 37 million compared to income before income taxes of USD 93 million a year ago. Net income was USD 66 million compared to USD 85 million a year ago. Diluted net income per share was USD 0.21 compared to USD 0.35 a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA was USD 470 million. This compares to adjusted EBITDA of USD 448 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, which included a USD 10 million Latin America tax benefit. For the full year, the company reported revenues of USD 6,777 million compared to USD 6,313 million a year ago. Operating income was USD 1,013 million compared to USD 666 million a year ago. Income before income taxes was USD 238 million compared to loss before income taxes of USD 71 million a year ago. Net income was USD 314 million compared to net loss of USD 109 million a year ago. Diluted net income per share was USD 1.21 compared to diluted loss per share of USD 0.49 a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities were USD 396 million compared to USD 386 million a year ago. Capital expenditures were USD 302 million compared to USD 189 million a year ago. Grew Adjusted EBITDA by 19% for the full year 2014 excluding acquisition-related expenses, compared to the company's outlook of 14% to 18%. Generated strong free cash flow of USD 325 million for the full year 2014 compared to the company's outlook of USD 250 million to USD 300 million. Net debt as at December 31, 2014 was USD 10,786 million. For 2015, the company focused on driving profitable growth to position the company to deliver long-term stockholder value. In 2015, The company expects to grow Adjusted EBITDA 12% to 16% from a starting point of USD 2.271 billion, which represents the combined company's full year Adjusted EBITDA including acquisition-related expenses. Additionally, the company expects to generate free cash flow of USD 550 million to USD 600 million for the full year 2015. For the full year 2015, the company also expects: GAAP interest expense of approximately USD 680 million, net cash interest expense of approximately USD 640 million, capital expenditures of approximately 15% of total revenue. For the first quarter 2015, the company expects expect CNS revenue to be up slightly on an as-reported basis relative to the pro forma combined company fourth quarter 2014 figure of USD 1.915 billion, due to a continued underlying growth in CNS revenue offsetting the typical soft sequential comparison from fourth to first quarter revenue. The company expects first quarter 2015 adjusted EBITDA to be up slightly compared to the fourth quarter 2014 pro forma adjusted EBITDA of USD 625 million. Free cash flow in the first quarter will be slightly negative due to the payment of annual bonuses in cash for the combined company and higher net cash interest expense of USD 169 million in the first quarter.


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