Level 3 expands into Poland, offering (3)CrossRoads®, its wholesale high-speed Internet access service

October 13, 2005

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LONDON -- Level 3 Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: LVLT - News) today announced its European operating subsidiaries are now providing Internet Protocol (IP) services in Warsaw, Poland. With this expansion, Level 3 now serves 23 of the largest markets in Europe.

Level 3 is offering (3)CrossRoads®, its wholesale high-speed Internet access service, to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), cable providers and carriers selling communications services in Poland.

Among Level 3's customers in Warsaw are Telekomunikacja Kolejowa Sp. z o.o. and ATM S.A. Under the terms of both agreements, Level 3 will supply IP transit and access to its extensive international Internet backbone via the new Point of Presence (PoP) in Warsaw, therefore enabling access to the global Internet.

"Poland is a key market for us. Along with many of its neighbours, Poland is seeing rapid development that is bringing with it remarkable growth and demand for quality IP transit," said Brady Rafuse, president of Level 3's European operations. "Level 3 is now a significant Tier 1 Internet provider in Poland. We are delighted to be expanding our relationship with Telekomunikacja Kolejowa and to be selected by ATM S.A. for the provision of IP services."

Level 3 already supplies IP transit to Telekomunikacja Kolejowa Sp. z o.o., a modern provider of telecommunications services that operates high-quality, secure networks. Telekomunikacja Kolejowa's optical fibre network covers more than 6,000 kilometres. The company has several decades of experience in providing telecommunications services to the railway industry and now offers a portfolio of services to other types of customers such as national defence and government departments. The corporation has multiple divisions, including headquarters in Warsaw and other offices in Szczecin, Lublin, Poznan, Krakow, Gdansk, Wroclaw and Katowice.

"Level 3 already serves as a key provider of IP connectivity for TK Telekom out of Berlin and has also supplied 10G wavelength service in Germany," said Marek Misko, President of Telecomunikacja Kolejowa Sp. z o.o. "We have been impressed with the reliability and stability of Level 3's network, and our past experience with Level 3 gave us great confidence in expanding our relationship for this important network initiative."

ATM S.A. was the first commercial Internet service provider in Poland and now offers solutions combining telecommunications, system integration and business software. The company provides telecommunications services in Poland under the brand ATMAN. This service is based on ATM S.A.'s own fibre optic infrastructure in Warsaw and SDH/Ethernet/ATM network countrywide. ATM S.A.'s customer base covers all key sectors within Poland.

"Level 3's IP transit service has an excellent reputation in Eastern Europe," said Dr. Roman Szwed, president and CEO of ATM S.A. "Level 3's reliability and focus on the wholesale segment makes it an excellent partner for us."

Level 3 Communications Inc.

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