Level 3 Communications Works with Adobe Systems to Deploy Next-Generation Streaming Solutions

Users to Receive Seamless High-Quality Viewing Experiences for Both Live and On-Demand Video

LAS VEGAS, April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced at the 2009 NAB Show that it is advancing its relationship with Adobe Systems and currently is evaluating and deploying the latest Adobe(R) Flash(R) Media Server software.

The two companies have been working closely together with customers to evaluate Adobe's dynamic streaming solutions in conjunction with the Level 3(R) Content Delivery Network (CDN). Level 3's CDN services move global digital media over Level 3's fiber-optic network - one of the world's most connected. When Adobe Flash Media Server software is deployed through the Level 3 CDN, users will be able to receive seamless high-quality viewing experiences for both live and on-demand video.

"We work closely with our Adobe Premier Authorized Partners, and are excited to see their deployments of the Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5," said Bill Rusitzky, senior director of global media alliances at Adobe. "The combination of Level 3's experience and global reach coupled with content delivery and the capabilities of dynamic streaming will help increase viewing time among users and provide them with a significantly better overall consumer experience."

As content owners increasingly put higher-quality video on the Internet, consumers are demanding that their online video experiences match those from traditional television broadcasts. Additionally, content providers are giving online users ever-increasing ability to control and manipulate their viewing experience, and create opportunities for their consumers to view content anywhere, at anytime, on many different devices. Adobe Flash Media Server 3.5 combined with the extensive array of player, developer and production technologies in the Adobe portfolio provide the opportunity for creation of entirely new interactive media applications. Level 3 is working closely with Adobe to ensure that the Level 3 CDN platform provides a stable, scalable environment for delivering these next-generation applications to a global audience.

"Level 3 continues to see a significant need for media solutions that improve customers' online experience," said Lisa Guillaume, vice president of CDN Solutions for Level 3. "We are pleased to be working closely with Adobe to develop technologies that will benefit the online video marketplace and individual customer experiences going forward."

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, Level 3, the red 3D brackets and the Level 3 Communications logo are either registered service marks or service marks of Level 3 Communications, LLC and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Level 3 services are provided by wholly owned subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc. Adobe and Flash are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Any other service, product or company names recited herein are 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 company's ability to: successfully integrate acquisitions; increase the volume of traffic on the network; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services; 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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