Monday, June 28, 2010

Level 3 Delivers 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa to Record-Breaking Online Audience in Spain

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced it is providing its Internet Broadcast services to a number of European broadcasters, including Spanish broadcaster Telecinco, to stream the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ games in high-definition (HD) to online audiences. During Spain’s game against Switzerland, approximately 220,000 concurrent users watched the broadcast at Telecinco’s website, making it the most-watched event the broadcaster and Level 3 have ever delivered to online audiences in Spain.

Few sporting events command the world’s attention like the World Cup, and since we have been working with Level 3 to stream our programming over the past few months, we were confident in their ability to handle the high volume of traffic that can accompany a major international event like this,” said Jorge Martín Ibarra, IT director at Telecinco. “Our confidence in Level 3 has been confirmed after seeing their seamless delivery of the online broadcast to record-breaking numbers of Spanish viewers.”

Level 3’s Internet Broadcast service leverages the company’s Vyvx and Broadcast Encoding Centre infrastructure and its international Tier 1 backbone to support broadcasters and other content owners through the process of event delivery from content capture to consumption.

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