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Level 3 Launches Service in Four Additional Markets in Germany

Company Opens Advanced Data Centers in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Dusseldorf

Level 3's Pan-European Fiber Optic Network Now Connects Nine Markets

Oct 25, 2000

BROOMFIELD, Colo., October 25, 2000 – Level 3 Communications, Inc., (Nasdaq:LVLT) today announced it is now offering Internet and communications services in four additional markets in Germany.

The company has opened advanced data centers in Berlin, Munich, Hamburg and Dusseldorf, bringing to five the total number of markets Level 3 currently serves in Germany. Level 3\'s pan-European fiber optic network now connects the company\'s data centers in London, Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich, Berlin, Hamburg and Dusseldorf.

"We believe the opening of these four new Gateways, along with our multi-conduit, continuously upgradeable pan-European network, will play a significant role in enabling the continuing development of the new Internet economy in Germany and throughout the European Union," said Gail Smith, president of Level 3 Europe. "We expect over time to be able to drive down bandwidth costs substantially in Europe. As we continue to drive down costs, we anticipate even greater demand for innovative Internet and communications services, many of which depend on removing the current cost constraints of transporting information."

Level 3 presently offers services in 52 markets in the United States, Europe and Asia via advanced data centers called "Gateways." The Gateways serve as portals to the network and provide a secure environment in which IP intensive companies can physically locate their equipment, and connect directly to Level 3\'s global broadband network.

The facilities also house Level 3\'s own equipment and offer customers interconnection with the public Internet and other long distance networks. The company has more than 5.5 million square feet of data center space around the world, and has pre-funded the acquisition and construction of another 1.0 million square feet.

Level 3\'s pan-European network is connected to the company\'s own metropolitan networks in five of the nine European markets the company presently serves. Level 3 will connect all nine European markets, via undersea, intercity and metropolitan fiber optic networks, to 41 North American markets and two Asian markets currently served by Level 3.

Level 3\'s continuously upgradeable network features advanced technology that provides high quality, low cost services that enable IP intensive businesses to add value and, in turn, deliver their services to end-users, including residential customers.

Level 3 enables IP intensive companies to grow more rapidly by providing infrastructure and network services to help meet increasing demand for e-commerce, streaming audio and video, and many other Internet and communications services.


About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT), an international communications company, operates one of the largest Internet backbones in the world, connecting 180 markets in 18 countries. The company serves a broad range of wholesale, enterprise and content customers with a comprehensive suite of services including: Internet Protocol (IP) services, broadband transport and infrastructure services, colocation services, voice and voice over IP services, content delivery and media distribution services. These services provide the building blocks to enable Level 3’s customers to meet their growing demands for advanced communications solutions. The company’s Web address is www.Level3.com.

"Level 3 Communications,” "Level 3," the red 3D brackets and the Level 3 Communications logo are registered service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC in the United States and/or other countries.  Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.  Any other service, product or company names recited herein may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Forward-Looking Statement
Some of the statements that we make in this press release are forward looking in nature. These statements 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 our control, which could cause actual events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most important factors that could prevent us from achieving our stated goals include, but are not limited to our ability to: successfully integrate acquisitions; increase the volume of traffic on our network; defend our intellectual property and proprietary rights; develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; and meet all of the terms and conditions of our 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.