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Level 3 Provides Vyvx Infrastructure to ESPN Brazil to Optimize Its TV Broadcasts

SAO PAULO, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that ESPN Brazil will use Level 3 Vyvx broadcast solutions infrastructure and managed services to optimize transmissions and provide integrated services for TV stations that carry its broadcasts in Brazil. This is Level 3's first Vyvx infrastructure contract in Brazil.

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Vyvx Managed Video Network Services (MVNS) are focused on procuring, maintaining and operating the hardware and software that move video from origin to destination. MVNS includes a full range of Vyvx services that support live video transmission for some of the world's most watched TV events. Level 3 will transmit video to more than 1,300 points of interest in 300 cities in 26 countries.

"ESPN's channels have been in Brazil for 23 years, broadcasting live sports events worldwide," said Victor Hannoun, director of Engineering and Operations at ESPN Brazil. "The Vyvx infrastructure – including encoders, decoders, format conversion equipment and protocols, and management tools – will enhance the quality of our distribution, and Level 3 also will monitor the technology."

Level 3 will monitor and manage ESPN's broadcast infrastructure link in real time, 24 hours a day, from its command center in New York City. The circuit has a capability of 140 Megabits per second (Mbps) and is divided into two high definition (HD) channels of 50 Mbps each, and two standard definition (SD) channels of 20 Mbps each.

"Level 3 is a world leader in live event broadcasting, and we are helping ESPN to offer the Brazilian market a complete, high quality solution using our most advanced technology for video broadcast," said Marcos Malfatti, Level 3's senior vice president of Sales in Brazil. "Level 3´s Vyvx solutions have been enabling network broadcasts for more than 20 years, with a reputation and track record of quality in global full-service video transmission solutions."

Some of the largest media and entertainment companies worldwide turn to Vyvx services for their high profile news, sports, entertainment and other special event broadcasts.

Level 3 recently expanded its Vyvx Solutions suite of video transmission services into Latin America, leveraging Level 3's high quality all-IP fiber network. Vyvx Solutions can be customized for video transmissions of any type and from various locations, supporting some of the largest global media and entertainment companies by helping carry high-profile news, sports, entertainment and other special event broadcasts.

For more information on Level 3's Vyvx Solutions, which in addition to Latin America, is offered in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, visit http://www.level3.com/en/products-and-services/video/vyvx/.

For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com.

About ESPN Brazil

In 2012, the ESPN brand celebrates 23 years in Brazil. Worldwide leader in sports, ESPN came to the country in 1989 and was the first sports channel in Brazil's paid TV offering. Six years later, in 1995, the company created the ESPN Brazil channel. In April 2009, it launched ESPN HD. Today, in addition to TV, ESPN has expanded its presence in the country to the Internet (ESPN.com.br and ESPN360), Radio Estadao ESPN (a project with Grupo Estado – AM 700 and 92.9 FM), mobiles (ESPN Mobile TV and ESPN 360), events (X Games, ESPN ao Ar Livre, Circuito Corpore ESPN) and print (ESPN magazine). ESPN in Brazil belongs to the network ESPN International, which was established in 1988 as a division of ESPN Inc. for markets outside the United States. ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc., a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The other 20% is owned by Hearst Corporation.

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) provides local, national and global communications services to enterprise, government and carrier customers. Level 3's comprehensive portfolio of secure, managed solutions includes fiber and infrastructure solutions; IP-based voice and data communications; wide-area Ethernet services; video and content distribution; data center and cloud-based solutions. Level 3 serves customers in more than 450 markets in 45 countries over a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.  For more information, visit www.level3.com.

Website Access to Company Information

Level 3 maintains a corporate website at www.level3.com, and you can find additional information about the company through the Investors pages on that website at http://lvlt.client.shareholder.com/.  Level 3 uses its website as a channel of distribution of important information about the company. Level 3 routinely posts financial and other important information regarding the company and its business, financial condition and operations on the Investor Relations web pages.

Visitors to the Investors Relations web pages can view and print copies of Level 3's SEC filings, including periodic and current reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K, as soon as reasonably practicable after those filings are made with the SEC.

Copies of the charters for each of the Audit, Compensation and Nominating and Governance committees of Level 3's Board of Directors, its Corporate Governance Guidelines, Code of Ethics, press releases and analysts and investor conference presentations are all available through the Investor Relations web pages.

Please note that the information contained on any of Level 3's web sites is not incorporated by reference in, or considered to be a part of, any document unless expressly incorporated by reference in that document.

The information stated under the caption "About ESPN Brazil" is provided by ESPN Brazil, which is responsible for its content.

Forward-Looking Statement

Some statements made in this press release are forward-looking in nature and 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. 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 the Global Crossing acquisition or otherwise realize the anticipated benefits thereof; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; obtain additional financing, particularly in the event of disruptions in the financial markets; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; maintain and increase traffic on its network; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; adapt to rapid technological changes that could adversely affect the company's competitiveness; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; obtain capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms; attract and retain qualified management and other personnel; successfully integrate future acquisitions; effectively manage political, legal, regulatory, foreign currency and other risks it is exposed to due to its substantial international operations; mitigate its exposure to contingent liabilities; and meet all of the terms and conditions of its 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.

Contact Information

 

Media:                       

Investors:

Richard Larris                             

Mark Stoutenberg

North America                           

+1 720-888-2518

+1 973-937-0153                                      

Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com

Richard.Larris@Level3.com                                             

 
   

Paula Vivo

 

Latin America

 

+55 11 3957 2424

 

Paula.Vivo@level3.com

 
 

SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.