Etisalat's Smart Hub Expands Reach in Europe with Level 3

By Level 3 Communications Inc., PRNE
Tuesday, May 31, 2011

LONDON, June 1, 2011 -

- Middle East's Largest Telecom Operator Augments Mobile and Fixed-Line
Broadband Connectivity

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced the expansion
of its relationship with Etisalat, one of the world's largest
telecommunications companies. Level 3 will provide Etisalat with IP transit
services and high-speed IP (HSIP) to connect Etisalat to several cities in
Europe and deepen the company's connections between the Middle East and


Level 3's services will enhance Etisalat's ability to service the rapid
growth it is seeing in demand for broadband, which is being fueled by the
company's investments in next-generation mobile (LTE) and fixed-line (FTTx)
infrastructure. Additionally, Level 3's services are designed to support
Etisalat's business through increased route diversity for its high-speed
Internet ports.

"Level 3 will now join our other European partners in helping Etisalat to
deliver an unsurpassed experience in terms of IP transit connectivity," said
Ali Amiri, executive vice president of Carrier & Wholesale at Etisalat UAE.
"Etisalat is committed to delivering superior service to its customers
through intelligent network architecture, and by expanding our work with
Level 3 we're better able to support that mission. This agreement further
strengthens our position as the region's premier Smart Hub solution provider
and reinforces our ability to service our global client base."

Level 3 has continually made investments to serve its Middle East
customers, both in terms of ongoing network infrastructure expansion and by
providing regionalized sales support with on-the-ground Level 3's Direct
Sales Partners such as the Apex Group.

"Our work with Etisalat is a great example of the benefits of scalable
interconnectivity across Level 3's European network - a network that includes
more than 380 points of presence across the continent and supports
connectivity to the Middle East and beyond," said James Heard, president of
European Markets at Level 3. "In line with our commitment to expansion, Level
3 continues to invest in its network to better serve the demands of this
growing region."

To learn more about Level 3's services in the Middle East, please visit

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) is a leading international
provider of fiber-based communications services. Enterprise, content,
wholesale and government customers rely on Level 3 to deliver services with
an industry-leading combination of scalability and value over an end-to-end
fiber network. Level 3 offers a portfolio of metro and long-haul services,
including transport, data, Internet, content delivery and voice. Level 3
services are provided by wholly-owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications,
Inc. For more information, visit

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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 Level 3's control, which could cause actual events to differ
materially from those expressed or implied by the statements. The most
important factors that could prevent Level 3 from achieving its stated goals
include, but are not limited to: the current uncertainty in the global
financial markets and the global economy; a discontinuation of the
development and expansion of the Internet as a communications medium and
marketplace for the distribution and consumption of data and video; and
disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3's ability to
obtain additional financing. Additional factors include, but are not limited
to, the company's ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on
its network; develop effective business support systems; manage system and
network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer
demands and generate acceptable margins; defend intellectual property and
proprietary rights; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further
competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel;
successfully integrate acquisitions; and meet all of the terms and conditions
of 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.

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