Level 3 Completes Substantial Expansion of Global CDN Capacity

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has completed a substantial expansion of the global capacity of its content delivery network (CDN). The expansion, which was completed in less than two years, more than doubles the company’s CDN capacity to support customer growth and increased demand.

Level 3 has increased its globally available CDN capacity to more than 5.6 Tbps (terabits per second) from 2.15 Tbps in late 2010. The expansion is in response to increased demand from entertainment and enterprise customers’ for fast, reliable and scalable event-based and steady state or continuous content delivery.

In addition to increasing its CDN capacity, Level 3 has expanded its CDN service offering to new markets in Buenos Aires (Argentina); Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Medellin (Colombia); Jeddah (Saudi Arabia); and Montreal and Toronto (Canada). Level 3 is also continuing its work to grow its deployments in Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America and North America.

The expansion helped one of Level 3′s largest CDN customers, Netflix, Inc., expand its business into other countries.

“Level3′s growing CDN and network scalability helped us expand our business into new markets, specifically Latin America, the UK and Ireland,” said Greg Peters, vice president of Product Development for Netflix. “Level 3′s speed, consistency and ability to scale help us deliver a great Netflix experience for our members worldwide.”

“Level 3 sees first-hand the ever-increasing global demand for the best network connections and content platform,” said Anthony Christie, Chief Marketing Officer for Level3. “That’s why we remain laser-focused on expanding our network to deliver high-quality, secure video content over the Internet and to satisfy customers’ burgeoning demand for our newest suite of Web acceleration products. Level 3 has the network platform and capabilities to deliver a truly scalable, efficient CDN that grows as our customers’ businesses grow.”

Level 3 has offered a comprehensive suite of CDN services since 2007. In 2011, the company’s CDN services represented approximately two percent of its Core Network Services (CNS) revenue. The company expects its CDN platform will continue to represent approximately two percent of CNS revenue in 2012.

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