MINNEAPOLIS, May 8, 2008 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced an exclusive two-year agreement with the Minnesota Vikings to connect the team’s stadium, practice field and offices using high-bandwidth data networking and Internet services.
As the Official Communications Provider of the Minnesota Vikings, Qwest already is the exclusive provider of high-speed Internet, DIRECTV® service and Qwest Digital Voice at the team’s training facility. Under this new contract, the Vikings will now connect the Metrodome, Winter Park practice field and the team’s marketing and sales offices using Qwest Metro Optical Ethernet (QMOE) services. With Internet speeds up to 100 Megabits per second (Mbps), this upgrade will maximize the user experience whenever players and staff log-on, tune in and talk over Qwest’s high-speed, secure and reliable network.
“From the playing fields to the front office, the Vikings will now have a state-of-the-art network tailored specifically to meet their needs,” saidTom Richards, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group.
QMOE service combines the power of Ethernet and optical technologies across metropolitan area networks to provide scalable and secure bandwidth at a low relative cost. QMOE service is available in 32 national markets with bandwidth profiles ranging from 5 Mbps to 1 Gigabit per second. Qwest backs its products and services with a Quality of Service (QoS) commitment that gives customers assurance of application, integrity and performance in their network.
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.