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Smilingbits GmbH Selects Level 3 to Enhance Security, Efficiency of Online Customer Portal

Level 3 Network Services and DDoS Protection to Enhance Experience for Smilingbits GmbH customers

Mar 5, 2012

LONDON, March 05, 2012 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that it has been selected by Smilingbits GmbH, a software service provider in Germany, to provide a range of network services that will enhance the security and efficiency of the company’s online customer portal, an important tool for its global customer base.

Based in Regensburg, Germany, Smilingbits develops individual software systems for enterprises in the multimedia and business sector, and is turning to Level 3 to provide a range of advanced and managed network solutions including dedicated Internet access (DIA), colocation services and protection against Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks. These services will not only provide Smilingbits access to Level 3’s extensive IP network, but will also provide protection to the company’s resources and capabilities.

“It is our top priority to deliver exceptionally secure and efficient high performance software systems to our customers,” said Björn Ohlrich, Senior System Administrator. “With Level 3’s network services, we are now better able to serve our customers by providing them with safe, reliable and 24/7 access to our online customer portal.”

To provide these services, Level 3 will work in collaboration with Prolexic, one of the world’s largest DDoS mitigation providers.

“Level 3’s managed network services are designed to provide companies like Smilingbits with first-rate and secure solutions that protect against network outages and attacks,” said James Heard, regional president of EMEA for Level 3. “Smilingbits GmbH can depend on our services to ensure that their website – a critical element to their business – will be secure and will deliver the performance its customers expect.”

Level 3 provides service over 165,000 intercity, metro and subsea fiber route miles with presence in more than 45 countries, providing a size and depth of connectivity on a broad scale.

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

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) is a premier global provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers. Over its reliable, scalable and secure network, Level 3 delivers integrated IP solutions, including converged, data, voice, video and managed solutions to help enable customers’ growth and efficiency. Level 3 operates a unique global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents in more than 45 countries, connected by extensive undersea facilities. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.  For more information, visit www.level3.com.

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 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; obtain additional financing, particularly in the event of disruptions in the financial markets; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that could adversely affect the company’s competitiveness; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; 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.

For further information: Contact Information Media: Investors: Monica Martinez Mark Stoutenberg +1 720-888-3991 +1720-888-2518 Monica.Martinez@Level3.com Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com German Media: Corinna Voss +49 89 993887-30 Corinna_Voss@hbi.de