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1 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 1 Network Overview Copyright Level 3 Communications, Inc. 2002. This work is the intellectual property of the author. Permission is granted for this material to be shared for non-commercial, educational purposes, provided that this copyright statement appears on the reproduced materials and notice is given that the copying is by permission of the author. To disseminate otherwise or to republish requires written permission from the author.

2 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 2 Level 3s Experience Over the last three years, Level 3s engineering team recently oversaw the design and physical construction of a $10 billion global network from whiteboard to completion. This project was one of the largest construction projects in history when measured by dollars spent per month In addition to physical construction, Level 3 built a global operational organization numbering 4,500 people in eleven different countries Level 3s management team has extensive network construction experience through MFS and Kiewit Level 3 built a Tier 1 IP backbone in less than 3 years Level 3 was the first to deploy an MPLS backbone Level 3 operates the largest SoftSwitch based network in the world. SoftSwitch based service include voice over IP (with PSTN quality) and managed modem services

3 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 3 ONTAP SM - World Class Provisioning Process ONTAP SM = On-Net Transport Activation Process Capacity verification at order entry Acceleration of customers revenue recognition Clear commitment at the time of the order Reduced exposure to forecasting risk Vendor-neutral architecture We are big believers in ONTAP. Level 3 was able to turn up a national private-line backbone for Masergy in less than 10 business days. Such rapid provisioning has enabled Masergy to directly tie capital outlays to solid forecasts of demand and to offer better service to our own customers. – Gerald Poe, Sr. Mgr. Infrastructure Engineering and Provisioning Masergy Winner of the 2002 Frost & Sullivan Customer Service Innovation Market Engineering Award. ONTAP SM

4 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 4 ONTAP Process Order to Delivery Process Industry: 10 Days ONTAP : 0.5 Days Process Changes: Provisioning/billing info validated before sign off Reservation capabilities Credit approval prior to signoff Complete Service Request Industry: 60 Days ONTAP : 1.0 Days Process Changes: Handoffs between organizations eliminated Real-time consumption management provided Remote activation of logical network elements Design, Assign, and Activate Industry: 40 Days ONTAP : 3.5 Days Process Changes: Handoffs with Field Management eliminated Billing is automatically activated Test and Turn Up Customer Lead

5 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 5 Industry Leading Provisioning Time Cycle Time Performance Customer Sign Date to Bill Start Date Leading industry cycle times for OC-3 and above services, < 20 days for On-Net services Migration to Level 3 network enabled > 50% cycle time reduction in 2001 Cycle Time Service Activation Cycle Time

6 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 6 Meeting Customer Commitments Customer Commitment Dates Currently meeting 99% of Customer Commitment Dates (CCD) CCD performance reflects change in focus from construction to operation % CCD Met Service Activation % CCD Met

7 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 7 Operational Excellence PERFORMANCE RELIABILITY Industry leader for core round-trip latency across the Network for IP services Network availability guaranteed at 99.99% for terrestrial On-Net services Online visibility to network statistics, utilization, and traffic flow through the Online Customer Service Center (OCSC) Consistently meet our guarantee of less than 1% packet loss performance for IP services Level 3 is committed to excellent operational performance to enhance our customers experience and satisfaction

8 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 8 Level 3 North America Network 16,000 U.S. route miles Upgradeable 12 conduit system Private Line Service available in 56 cities nationwide Substantially completed Fully owned, homogeneous No spurs or laterals 6.5 Million square feet of colocation facilities

9 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 9 Level 3 European Network Cable completed in 4Q00 Initially operates 320 gigabits per second Upgradeable to 1.28 terabits per second Connects Level 3s US and European networks Diverse capacity available

10 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 10 The Level 3 Conduit Advantage At some point it is more cost effective to light additional fibers. At some point it is more cost effective to use next generation fiber. Level 3 conduits support both options.

11 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 11 Lowering the Cost of Transport Source: Corning, Inc., Nortel Networks, Inc., Level 3 Engineering 1.00 10.00 100.00 1,000.00 10,000.00 19901995200020052010 Unit Cost $ perGbps mile SMF N2DSF LEAF Gen 4 Gen 5 Gen 6 Gen 7 Gen 8 Gen 9 0.50 0.01 Level 3 Cost Curve Level 3 built its Network to be upgradeable, leveraging new generations of fiber and optronics in 12 parallel conduits Newest generations purchased in large scale = best unit cost

12 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 12 Network Spurs Non-Diverse City Laterals/ Collapsed Rings The Level 3 Network Is Completely Route Diverse It is important to be sure that the topology map a provider shows you is a true representation of their network. Richmond POP Richmond POP The Level 3 network does not have any spurs or laterals – it is completely route-diverse. Sometimes carriers want you to see this. In reality, this is often what the network truly looks like.

13 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 13 Metro Networks Broad geographic coverage 27 major North American markets 9 major European markets Deep metro presence at duct level 2,150 total local route miles 500+ On-Net buildings Up to 864 fibers per cable, per conduit Industry-leading Colocation facilities 70 Global Carrier Grade Colocation Data centers 6 million square feet of colocation space

14 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 14 Metro POP Route Diversity Non Diverse Entrance Facilities Carrier service Provision/ gateway facility As in the case of intercity networks some carriers lead you to believe that they have complete diversity. Non Diverse Risers in Gateways What carriers want you to see What you should beware of Level 3 has complete diversity in our metro networks and facilities. On-Net building/ Customer location

15 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 15 The Level 3 IP Network

16 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 16 IP Logical Diagram Peering (public Internet) Peering (public Internet) Core MPLS Network Core MPLS Network Level (3) Internet Network Level (3) Internet Network Voice Network Voice Network Level(3) Gateway Crossroads (Collocation) DIA (Metro TDM) EPOP (Metro Ethernet) Management /OSS Network Management /OSS Network Interne t Voice MOSS Interne t Voice MOSS Interne t Voice MOSS Managed Modem V oice Quality VPN Over MPLS tunnels Management VPN Over MPLS tunnels Internet VPN

17 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 17 Industry-Leading Performance Uniform Global Network Designed and built for performance from the ground up MPLS-enabled backbone Carries multiple protocol traffic Improves routing and QoS Peering > 600 peering sessions, 51+ Gb of Connectivity in North America 95% Private peering Consistently Ranked in Top 3 by Keynote Systems

18 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 18 (3) Packet Ethernet, Frame Relay and ATM over MPLS LER LER – Labeled Switched Router LSR – Labeled Switched Router

19 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 19 North America Peering Interconnection Peering Capacity: 51+ Gb/s active 2.0 Gb/s 7.1 Gb/s 6.4 Gb/s 932 Mb/s 7.8 Gb/s 11.6 Gb/s 6.2 Gb/s 3.7 Gb/s

20 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 20 Level 3s Academic and Research Community Focus Dedicated team of sales, marketing, business development and engineering resources Efforts focused on national network initiatives, consortia and traffic aggregators, not on individual institutions Specific product programs for academic and research community

21 0102 2001 Level 3 Communications, Inc. All Rights Reserved. 21 Thank You! Robert.Hagens@level3.com


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