News Releases

News Releases
Qwest Awarded Multimillion-Dollar Contract Renewal by Hagemeyer North America

DENVER, February 23, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) today announced a one-year, multimillion-dollar contract renewal awarded by Hagemeyer North America, a value-added distributor based in Charleston, South Carolina. Services provided under the contract include nationwide deployment of frame relay, long-distance voice, and dedicated Internet access (DIA). Hagemeyer has been a Qwest customer since the year 2000.

Hagemeyer is a distributor of products and services focusing on business-to-business markets in electrical materials, safety products, and industrial products and services throughout North America. With Qwest services, Hagemeyer can facilitate communications between its distribution centers and more than 300 locations, which will help them expedite customer orders, achieve greater cost efficiencies and provide its customers with superior service quality.

?Qwest?s communication services give us confidence in having sustained business processes that enable us to provide significant cost savings to both end-users and suppliers,? said information technologies? network services manager, Derrick Clayton, of Hagemeyer North America.

?We are pleased to provide services to Hagemeyer,? said Clifford S. Holtz, executive vice president, Qwest business markets group. ?Their business model represents a growing need for services that not only handle the exchange of customer communications, but also the interconnectivity that can perform business critical operations.?

About Qwest DIA

Qwest?s DIA service provides businesses with a scaleable Internet solution that allows customers to send information at speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second (the highest available). Customers can also manage and monitor network performance in real-time using a Web-based interface, and Qwest DIA easily integrates with other communications services such as frame relay, voice over the Internet protocol (VoIP) and virtual private network (VPN) solutions offered by Qwest.

About Hagemeyer

Hagemeyer North America, Inc. ( is a distributor of products and services focusing on business-to-business markets in electrical materials, safety products, and industrial products and services throughout North America and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hagemeyer N.V. ( Headquartered in the Netherlands, Hagemeyer N.V. is a value-added global distributor of products and services focusing on business-to-business markets in electrical materials, safety products, and industrial products and services.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 47,000 employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at

Forward Looking Statement Note

This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: the duration and extent of the current economic downturn in our 14-state local service area, including its effect on our customers and suppliers; access line losses due to increased competition, including from technology substitution of our access lines with wireless and cable alternatives; the effects of our restatement of historical financial statements including delays in or restrictions on our ability to access the capital markets or other adverse effects to our business and financial position; our substantial indebtedness, and our inability to complete any efforts to de-lever our balance sheet through asset sales or other transactions; any adverse outcome of the SEC's current investigation into our accounting policies, practices and procedures and certain transactions; any adverse outcome of the current investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver into certain matters relating to us; adverse results of increased review and scrutiny by Congress, regulatory authorities, media and others (including any internal analyses) of financial reporting issues and practices or otherwise; further delays in making required public filings with the SEC; rapid and significant changes in technology and markets; any adverse developments in commercial disputes or legal proceedings, including any adverse outcome of current or future legal proceedings related to matters that are the subject of governmental investigations, and, to the extent not covered by insurance, if any, our inability to satisfy any resulting obligations from funds available to us, if any; our future ability to provide interLATA services within our 14-state local service area using our proprietary telecom network assets (as opposed to on a switched access basis); potential fluctuations in quarterly results; volatility of our stock price; intense competition in the markets in which we compete including the likelihood of certain of our competitors emerging from bankruptcy court protection or otherwise reorganizing their capital structure and competing effectively against us; changes in demand for our products and services; acceleration of the deployment of advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of contemplated levels; higher than anticipated employee levels, capital expenditures and operating expenses; adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment affecting our business; and changes in the outcome of future events from the assumed outcome included in our significant accounting policies.

The information contained in this release is a statement of Qwest's present intention, belief or expectation and is based upon, among other things, the existing regulatory environment, industry conditions, market conditions and prices, the economy in general and Qwest's assumptions. Qwest may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in Qwest's assumptions or otherwise. The cautionary statements contained or referred to in this release should be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Qwest or persons acting on its behalf may issue. This release may include analysts' estimates and other information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no responsibility.

Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

By including any information in this release, Qwest does not necessarily acknowledge that disclosure of such information is required by applicable law or that the information is material.

The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a service mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.


Contact Information
Media Contact
Amy Dietrich
Investor Contact
Stephanie Comfort