BROOMFIELD, Colo., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has extended its network infrastructure in the Seattle market with the construction of a direct network link to the advanced South Hill Data Center, a high-capacity, 8.6 megawatt, data center located in the Seattle metropolitan area. The data center hosts a range of customers who now have direct access to over 190 markets served by Level 3's international, IP network and the ability to efficiently and economically leverage Level 3's entire service portfolio. Outsourced data centers offer enterprises the assurance that vital organizational information is managed and stored securely, while reducing core IT costs. However, with increasing data center use and globally expanding digital commerce, businesses require efficient access to their data. Level 3's connection to the South Hill Data Center was built in response to customer demand for direct access to Level 3's network and will facilitate efficient access to stored information at the data center. The direct connection also enables customers to have full access to Level 3's entire service portfolio, including transport, data, IP and voice services. The South Hill Data Center is located at 1111 39th Ave. SE, Puyallup, Wash. 98374. "In addition to security, flexibility and reliability, our tenants demand direct access to backbone networks that are capable of scaling to meet their increasing business requirements," said Larry Benaroya, owner of the facility. "By having our data center directly connected to Level 3's network, we are able to offer our tenants this assurance and demonstrate our commitment to investing in first-rate solutions for this next-generation data center." "As enterprises continue to adopt virtualized solutions for managing their critical business objectives, it is increasingly important for data center connections to optimize backbone network access," said Todd Holton, Level 3's General Manager for the Northwest. "The direct connection to the South Hill Data Center will provide facility tenants with efficient access to Level 3's network and full service portfolio, highlighting our commitment to meeting the local and global communications needs of Seattle-area enterprises." Level 3 leverages its extensive fiber-optic network, metro assets and a locally focused sales and sales support organization to deliver world-class services to enterprise customers and service providers throughout the United States. 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. © Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Level 3 Communications and the Level 3 Communications Logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or one of its Affiliates 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 names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. 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; 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. SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.