Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX), a provider of global data center services, and Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT), a leading international provider of fiber-based communications services, today announced the opening of a new access node in Equinix’s International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) London 4/London5 (LD4/5) data center campus located on the outskirts of London. The access node will link the Equinix LD4/5 IBX campus directly with three of Level 3’s transatlantic routes to New York, improving diversity and lowering the latency on the route between the UK and North America.

Level 3’s new access node will offer customers in the Equinix LD4/5 campus direct connectivity to three transatlantic routes; Yellow, AC-1 and Apollo North, as well as provide access to its extensive North American footprint via the Level 3 facilities in New York. In addition, alongside the community of networks, content and digital media companies, enterprises and financial service providers already operating within Equinix’s LD4/5 campus, Level 3’s customers will benefit from a new route that bypasses central London. By locating the access node on the outskirts of London, Level 3 has improved the resilience and speed of connection between London and the U.S.

“We live in an increasingly connected world where the speed and reliability with which information travels – particularly for financial firms – is critical to successful business operations,” said James Heard, president of European Markets at Level 3. “Our collaboration with Equinix is the latest example of Level 3’s commitment to expanding its low-latency offerings across the Atlantic, enabling more options for transatlantic connectivity independent of central London, and providing top-quality solutions for the most demanding of international enterprise customers.”

Level 3 currently serves 20 European countries and operates an extensive and diverse network footprint across North America and Europe. The new direct transatlantic routes and on-net connectivity will also provide customers in Equinix’s LD4/5 campus greater flexibility to scale bandwidth directly connected to the Level 3 transatlantic network as their demand increases.

“Equinix provides state-of-the-art colocation, interconnection and exchange services that securely connect the world’s networks, enterprises, cloud providers and financial institutions,” said Russell Poole, General Manager, Equinix UK. “The availability of Level 3’s new service at our LD4/5 IBX campus is a valuable addition to our offering and presents an attractive value proposition for customers operating within our ecosystems.”

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. For more information, visit www.Level3.com.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some of the statements made 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 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; disruptions in the financial markets that could affect Level 3’s ability to obtain additional financing; as well as the company’s ability to: increase and maintain the volume of traffic on the network; successfully integrate acquisitions; develop effective business support systems; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that lead to further competition; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; 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.

About Equinix

Equinix, Inc. (Nasdaq: EQIX) provides global data center services that ensure the vitality of the information-driven world. Global enterprises, content and financial companies, and more than 575 network service providers rely upon Equinix’s insight and expertise to protect and connect their most valued information assets. Equinix operates 87 International Business Exchange™ (IBX®) and partner data centers across 35 metro areas in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

Important information about Equinix is routinely posted on the investor relations page of its Web site located at http://www.equinix.com/investors. We encourage you to check Equinix’s website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix's recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

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