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Hogarth Worldwide Enhances Advertising Content Sharing, Security and Storage Across Continents with Level 3

WPP Group Company Selects Level 3 to Enable Production Teams to Share and Localize Multiple Terabytes of Video and Other Digital Content

LONDON, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced that Hogarth Worldwide Limited has selected its network connectivity and colocation services to enable secure global sharing and back-up of large TV, print and digital production files across four continents.    

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Part of WPP Group, and a world leader in marketing communications services, Hogarth Worldwide is rapidly expanding its global footprint. The company needs scalable connectivity to support video, digital and print advertising production facilities, which are growing at a rate of approximately 0.5 terabytes of additional content every week.

Multiple production teams of up to 100 people, located throughout North America, Europe, Asia and South America, will rely on Level 3's international 10GigE wavelengths and VPLS (Virtual Private LAN Service) to securely share content, enabling it to be tailored for local markets. Because of the sensitive, mission-critical content Hogarth works with on a daily basis, the company needed a way to ensure its documents and projects were secure and accessible at any time. Therefore, Hogarth selected Level 3's colocation and London datacenter services to provide an additional layer of redundancy. 

"The sharing and localization of digital assets is central to our global growth," said Dino Ciminiello, Group IT Director at Hogarth Worldwide. "We selected Level 3 to enable this level of collaboration as we need a network partner of truly international scale with the capacity to grow alongside our demands."

He added: "In addition, Level 3 understands the importance of data integrity, providing secure data transmission using VPLS, as well as significant redundancy capabilities -- all backed up with support. This is vital for our business continuity and disaster recovery strategy."

Level 3's wavelengths are designed for delivering demanding content and are available at speeds up to 100GigE. Level 3's VPLS will also allow Hogarth Worldwide's users in London, New York, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Bucharest, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sao Paulo and Mexico City to communicate over a fully meshed private network, allowing globally dispersed locations to share data securely.    

Tim Passingham, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Business, EMEA at Level 3, said, "Marketing and advertising requires scalable connectivity because it is an incredibly dynamic market continually responding to emerging rich media trends.  With our ability to deliver this type of content for businesses around the world, the Level 3 network is well positioned to support Hogarth Worldwide's international growth objectives."

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

About Hogarth Worldwide Limited 
Hogarth Worldwide Limited, headquartered in London, is part of WPP, a world leader in marketing communication services. Hogarth specializes in the production of TV, print and digital campaigns, and in localizing content for specific markets – a process called "transcreation". It has developed market-leading technology to help clients deliver campaigns at a fraction of the usual costs, and is constantly looking at new ways to improve campaign production and distribution efficiency. For further information, visit www.hogarthww.com.

This information is provided by Hogarth Worldwide Limited, which is solely responsible for its content.

About Level 3 Communications
Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) 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 over 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 or get to know us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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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://investors.level3.com/investor-relations/default.aspx. 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.

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; maintain and increase traffic on its network; 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; defend intellectual property and proprietary rights; manage the future expansion or adaptation of its network to remain competitive; 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; 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:

Beatrice Martin-Vignerte

Mark Stoutenberg

+44 (0) 330 060 7342

+1 720-888-2518

Beatrice.Martin-Vignerte@Level3.com

Mark.Stoutenberg@Level3.com


U.S. Media:

Francie Dudrey                                                             

+1 720-888-5434                                                           

Francie.Dudrey@Level3.com                                             

SOURCE Level 3 Communications, Inc.

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