Level 3 Adds Microsoft Office 365 to its Cloud Connect Solutions Ecosystem

BROOMFIELD, Colorado, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprises seeking to connect to Microsoft Office 365 via Azure ExpressRoute for their productivity, collaboration and storage needs can now do so through Level 3 Communications, Inc. [http://www.level3.com/?cid=L3PRR-O365-32816] . Level 3 Cloud Connect Solutions and Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute for Office 365 deliver enterprises a private, secure and reliable network connection to Office 365 that offers enhanced performance over connections made through the public Internet. With ExpressRoute for Office 365 enterprises can access everything in their Office 365 service, including Exchange Online, Office web applications, Skype for Business Online, OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online across Level 3's global network.

Key Facts:

-- Level 3 offers both point-to-point Ethernet and any-to-any IP-VPN
connectivity to Azure and Office 365, giving enterprises the ability to
choose the right network architecture to meet their operational needs
-- At every Level 3-ExpressRoute IP-VPN network-to-network interface, Level
3 has a colocated network-based security gateway that not only performs
the network address translation required by Microsoft, but also provides
a carrier-grade firewall platform to enhance the secure connection into
the VPN while minimizing latency.
-- Level 3 offers global connectivity to Microsoft Azure and Office 365
through the following Microsoft data centers: Amsterdam, Chicago,
Dallas, London, Seattle, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.

Key Quotes:
Brian Hoekelman, VP Business & Cloud Ecosystem Development for Level 3
"Businesses, and even government organizations, are no longer asking if or when they should look to the cloud to realize the inherent cost and operational benefits, but how. Software as a service models like Office 365 are clearly an entry point to the cloud. With Level 3 Cloud Connect partner ecosystem, enterprises and government agencies can leverage a private, secure and reliable network connection to Office 365 and other Azure cloud services for improved performance, security and productivity."

Additional Resources:

-- VIDEO: Accelerating Business Through the Cloud
-- INFOGRAPHIC: How You Connect to the Cloud Matter
-- Is Your Cloud Connection Mission-Critical Ready?
-- Getting Past the Cloud-Security Conundrum in the Government Space

For more information on Level 3's advanced network and service offerings, visit www.level3.com [http://www.level3.com/?cid=L3PRR-O365-32816].

About Level 3 Communications

Level 3 Communications, Inc. is a Fortune 500 company that 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 500 markets in over 60 countries across a global services platform anchored by owned fiber networks on three continents and connected by extensive undersea facilities. For more information, please visit www.level3.com [http://www.level3.com/] or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

© Level 3 Communications, LLC. All Rights Reserved. Level 3, Vyvx, Level 3 Communications, Level (3) and the Level 3 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 elsewhere. Any other service names, product names, company names or logos included herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners. Level 3 services are provided by subsidiaries of Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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: increase revenue from its services to realize its targets for financial and operating performance; develop and maintain effective business support systems; manage system and network failures or disruptions; avert the breach of its network and computer system security measures; develop new services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage risks associated with continued uncertainty in the global economy; manage continued or accelerated decreases in market pricing for communications services; obtain capacity for its network from other providers and interconnect its network with other networks on favorable terms; 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:

Stephanie Walkenshaw Mark Stoutenberg

+1 720-888-3084 + 1 720-888-2518

stephanie.walkenshaw@level3.com mark.stoutenberg@level3.com

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