Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has received the ATLANTIC-ACM 2010 Metro Wholesale Best in Class Award for Voice Value among CLEC providers. The award recognizes Level 3’s leadership in delivering voice services that meet the needs of wholesale customers.

The award is based on the ATLANTIC-ACM Metro Wholesale Report Card study, which compiles customer feedback via online surveys. The 2010 Metro Wholesale survey generated over 1,600 individual carrier ratings. Customers evaluate each carrier that they work with in a number of operational categories and rate voice and data products for both quality and price competitiveness. The Voice Value award is based on the combined average score for quality and price across all voice products. Level 3 was the highest rated provider for the following voice portfolio attributes:
  • VoIP Quality
  • Local Circuit Switched Voice Price Competitiveness
  • VoIP Price Competitiveness

“Wholesale customers have clearly identified Level 3 as a leader in the metro voice space through the quality and value of its services,” said Fedor Smith, president of ATLANTIC-ACM. “Level 3’s voice portfolio provides a benchmark of competitive service offerings for others in the telecommunications industry.”

“Level 3 has long been dedicated to providing the highest-quality telecommunications services possible for wholesale customers, and we are honored to be recognized for the ATLANTIC-ACM Metro Best in Class Award for Voice Value,” said Andrew Crouch, president of Sales for Level 3. “We believe this award demonstrates our continued commitment to offering premium voice services that enable our customers to meet the increasing demands and challenges of a global marketplace.”

ATLANTIC-ACM presented the Metro Wholesale Best in Class awards on Sept. 13 at the COMPTEL conference in Dallas.

About ATLANTIC-ACM

Boston-based ATLANTIC-ACM is a leading provider of strategic research and consulting services serving the telecommunications and information industries. In addition to producing the industry's principal benchmarking, sizing and opportunity studies, the company assists clients in evaluating telecommunications opportunities for successful investment, market entry and long-term planning. For more information, visit ATLANTIC-ACM's website at www.atlantic-acm.com.

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.

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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.

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