ORLANDO, Fla., June 17, 2008 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced it has extended its exclusive agreement for voice and data communications services with Florida-based CNLBancshares, Inc., a multi-bank holding company with $1.4 billion in assets.
Headquartered in Orlando, CNLBancshares has 19 locations across Florida, including Jacksonville, Ft. Lauderdale and Naples. Under the multi-year agreement, Qwest will connect CNLBancshares with Qwest iQ Networking services, a high-speed, scalable platform that delivers 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) to each office. This cost-effective design enables the company’s IT team to manage voice and data network performance at each location, offering customers a higher level of customer service.
“Rather than selling us simple technology, Qwest looked at our needs and delivered a business solution,” said Jay A. McLaughlin, senior vice president and director of information technology for CNLBancshares, Inc.
“As with CNLBancshares, we work to understand every client’s goals and provide services that facilitate their success,” said Tom Richards, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group.
With Qwest iQ Networking service, customers benefit from simplified networks that use and enhance their existing technologies. The solution focuses on solving business problems for customers, reducing total costs and delivering exemplary service. Qwest iQ Networking provides feature-rich platforms built specifically for customers’ business applications, such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and disaster recovery. For more information about Qwest’s enterprise services, please visit http://www.qwest.com/business.
Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class Spirit of Service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest’s powerful combination of award-winning high-speed Internet,home and wireless voice solutions and digital TV includes a new generation of fiber-optic Internet services. Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.