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Champion Selects Level 3’s (3)-VoIP Enhanced for its GOLD Service

December 7, 2004


Level 3’s (3)VoIP Enhanced Local Service will support Champion’s GOLD Phone Service being sold nationwide through independent marketing representatives.

Champion Communications, an aggressive new entrant in the nationwide VoIP reseller market, has selected Level 3 Communications, Inc‘s (Nasdaq:LVLT) (3)VoIP Enhanced Local wholesale VoIP service to support its recently announced Champion GOLD residential local and long distance phone service.

Champion is headquartered in Greenville. SC, and sells nationwide through independent marketing representatives. It has also contracted with Level 3 for its (3)VoIP Local Inbound, and its (3)Voice Termination services for Champion GOLD.

Level 3’s VoIP services enable Champion to offer hosted VoIP solutions from which consumers can choose virtually ‘plug-and-play’ phone services, according to Champion. It sees Level 3 as the only VoIP nationwide carrier with sufficient capabilities to let Champion “rapidly, aggressively, and cost effectively enter” today’s VoIP market.

Champion is offering full-featured, low cost, high-quality, flat-rate local and long distance service including 911 and E911 to consumers. Users with high-speed Internet access, via cable or DSL, can make and receive calls using existing analog touchtone phones or digital IP phones, and can carry their phone numbers with them anywhere they have high-speed access.

Champion’s objective is to eliminate the need for customers to purchase traditional telephone service.

CallWave to Develop New VoIP Applications Based on Level 3 Network Services

November 15, 2004


callwaveThe CallWave softswitch platform will be combined with Level 3 elements to develop VoIP applications for the broadband and mobile-enhancement market categories.

CallWave, Inc (Nasdaq:CALL) today announced it has purchased (3)VoIP Local Inbound service and (3)Voice Termination service from Level 3 Communications, Inc (Nasdaq:LVLT). This will permit its subscribers to use CallWave VoIP applications in conjunction with a local number in any area code they choose.

CallWave develops VoIP software to allow subscribers to get more out of their existing networks — landline, mobile, and IP — by adding software-based call-handling features, and by bridging all three networks.

The addition of Level 3’s transport network elements will enables CallWave to further develop its applications that add features and functionality through IP to the telecom services used in mainstream homes and small offices, the company said.

CallWave, founded in 1998, has long delivered innovative services to users, such as alerting dilaup Web users to inbound voice calls, using IP technology without fanfare or publicity but to great effect.

Level 3 Enabling Skype Thru New VoIP S.A.

August 16, 2004


Global Internet Telephony Company Using Level 3 Network To Support New “SkypeOut” Offering

LONDON, July 23, 2004 – Level 3 Communications, Inc. today announced that it has signed an agreement to supply wholesale Voice-over-IP services to Skype, the global Internet telephony company.

Under the terms of the agreement, Skype will use Level 3’s IP-based voice termination service to support its new consumer offering, SkypeOut. The service enables Skype users to make Voice-over-IP calls from their personal computers to any phone anywhere in the world.

“Skype has enjoyed tremendous success in bringing the benefits of Internet calling to consumers all over the globe,” said Niklas Zennström, Skype’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “With SkypeOut, we are expanding our service significantly. Our subscribers will now be able to make IP-based voice calls outside the peer-to-peer environment to friends and family who use standard wireline or cell phones, all at highly competitive rates.”

“We selected Level 3 as a termination partner because of the quality and reliability of their network and because of Level 3’s industry-leading experience as a provider of wholesale VoIP services. In particular, Level 3’s softswitch platform provided us with a simple, seamless interface between Skype’s IP-based calling environment and the public switched telephone network. We look forward to working with Level 3 to further enhance the value of Skype services for our existing and prospective customers.”

“More than 7 million people in over 170 countries have joined Skype since the company launched its Internet telephony software last year, and the company averages close to 400,000 active users at any point in time,” said Sureel Choksi, president of softswitch services for Level 3. “By any measure, that is a significant accomplishment, and a testament to the quality of Skype’s offering and the inherent advantages of Voice over IP.”

“We’re extremely pleased that Skype has chosen Level 3 as a primary provider of voice termination services,” said Brady Rafuse, president of Level 3’s European operations. “We believe we deliver superior value and experience to our termination customers, and we look forward to supporting Skype on this important initiative.”

Level 3 Expanding Voice Termination For U.S. & Euro Customers

December 17, 2003


level3IP Interface for Voice Traffic Reduces Customers’ Capital Expenses And Fixed Network Costs

BROOMFIELD, Colo., December 15, 2003 – Level 3 Communications, Inc.(Nasdaq:LVLT) announced today that it is significantly expanding the softswitch-based voice termination service it offers to PTTs, inter-exchange carriers and other companies operating in North America and Europe.

The service will benefit wholesale voice customers by enabling them to hand off traffic directly to Level 3 using an IP interface, lowering their fixed network costs and capital expenses.

“With this new capability, carriers will be able to offload voice traffic to the Level 3 network simply by activating an IP port in any of 18 different markets across North America and Europe,” said Jack Waters, president of Global Softswitch Services for Level 3. “That will allow our customers to avoid the high cost of interconnection associated with TDM-based switching and network architecture. As importantly, it will enable them to offer voice and other services out of region without the burden of a significant, up-front capital outlay. We have seen real interest in the new service from our existing voice customer base, and believe it offers increasing potential for revenue growth as carriers around the world continue moving to voice-over-IP.”

Level 3 first began offering its (3)Voice TerminationSM service in December 1999. Rather than using traditional circuit switches inside its network, Level 3 deployed softswitch technology that converts voice signals into IP packets and back again when the call is handed off to the public switched telephone network. The softswitch, which uses a server-based platform and specialized software, fits Level 3’s native IP architecture and delivers the functionality of a circuit switch with a much lower cost structure. Level 3 can terminate voice traffic in hundreds of cities across North America.

Level 3’s expanded voice capability will allow IP-to-IP interconnection with the Level 3 network at the high levels of security required for voice traffic, and the company’s MPLS network technology will deliver industry-leading quality of service for voice customers. The capability is scheduled to be generally available by the end of the first quarter of 2004.

The service is being expanded through the use of existing IP ports initially installed by Level 3 to support its (3)Flex data networking service, meaning little incremental capital was required to implement the new capability. The IP interface for voice traffic will initially be available in 14 U.S. cities and four European cities on the Level 3 network. The company plans to expand the capability to more than 75 U.S. and European cities by the end of next year.