DENVER, MARCH 22, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that its Qwest Business Partner Program (QBPP) recently earned a Five-Star rating from VARBusiness - an industry-leading publication focused exclusively on reseller and partner channels. The designation further supports Qwest's commitment to its QBPP program and the hundreds of partners that are members. This year marks the sixth year in which QBPP has earned the distinction.
VARBusiness selected from more than 250 applications an elite group of companies to receive the Five-Star designation. Criteria for selection included:
"QBPP is a critical part of Qwest's outreach to businesses across the U.S.," said Tom McGrath, senior vice president, business markets group for Qwest. "Now, more than ever, we are committed to helping our partners grow their businesses. The product and program initiatives underway this year, as well as our continuing investments in back-office systems to make partners more efficient, are key ingredients in those efforts. I am confident we will continue to see success with QBPP, and I am pleased VARBusiness has recognized our efforts."
QBPP, a sales channel within Qwest, provides sales and sales support for a network of approximately 5,000 partners and sub-agents who sell Qwest's high-quality voice, data and IP services to business customers across the country.
To learn more about QBPP, please visit www.qwest.com/partners.
About VARBusiness Magazine
For the past 19 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusinessprovides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available at its Web site, www.varbusiness.com.
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