DENVER, Aug. 6, 2008 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that it now offers its most advanced fiber-optic Internet* services – with connection speeds of up to 20 Mbps – to more than 1 million potential customers in 18 markets. This marks a critical milestone in the company’s fiber-optic expansion, and represents a significant leap in Qwest’s corporate strategy to expand broadband speeds and capabilities to customers.
Qwest’s growing fiber-optic network powers the company’s advanced Internet services, Qwest Connect® Quantum and Qwest Connect® Titanium, delivering connection speeds of up to 20 Mbps and 12 Mbps, respectively. Qwest plans to offer the fiber-optic technology to 1.8 million potential residential and small-business customers by year-end in 20 markets, with the faster Internet speeds already available in selected areas in the following markets:
“This milestone not only represents solid progress in our advanced fiber-optic Internet expansion, but also illustrates our standing commitment to deliver the broadband speeds, capabilities and value that our customers want,” said Dan Yost, executive vice president of Product & IT for Qwest. “With access to our Qwest Connect Titanium and Qwest Connect Quantum services, customers and communities are on the cutting edge of Internet technology and its boundless benefits.”
With Qwest Connect Titanium and Quantum, customers have access to the fastest speeds available within much of Qwest’s fiber-optic Internet reach. At less than $50 a month, Qwest Connect Titanium delivers the best value to customers who frequently surf the Internet and download multimedia files, while Qwest Connect Quantum is ideal for customers seeking higher speeds for streaming video, high-resolution photography, file-sharing, online gaming and other bandwidth-intensive applications. For example, a Quantum customer can download a two-hour movie in as few as six minutes, or 30 songs in as little as one minute.
Visit www.qwest.com/fiberoptic for more details.
* Fiber-optics exist from the neighborhood terminal to the Internet.
Connection speeds are based on sync rates. Download speeds will be up to 15 percent lower due to network overhead requirements and may vary for reasons such as customer location, Web sites accessed, Internet congestion and customer equipment
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.