DENVER, February 2, 2004 - Qwest Communications International Inc.?s (NYSE: Q) virtual private network service (VPN) received top scores in the January 2004 issue of Network Computing Magazine. Qwest ranked second out of the four participating VPN service providers and received a grade of an "A-minus." This high mark exemplifies Qwest?s leadership in delivering VPN solutions to business customers across the nation.
The standout features of Qwest?s VPN solutions include:
?We are thrilled to receive top scores from objective experts in our field. This signifies to customers that Qwest is an industry leader within the VPN space,? said Pat Engels, executive vice president of Qwest product management. ?By choosing Qwest, businesses get the best of both worlds: industry leading communications solutions paired with Qwest?s commitment to deliver the highest quality and service.?
Qwest VPN services allows businesses of all sizes to configure high-performance, site-to-site, remote access and intranet and extranet solutions in a secure environment. Qwest VPN is modular in design and enables business customers to tailor solutions to meet their specific business requirements and network infrastructures.
?Using Qwest?s VPN service as well as our additional suite of communication services gives businesses a true advantage in leveraging the power of an all-in-one solution. With Qwest, customers gain the simplicity of a single service provider that develops tailored solutions to meet their needs,? added Engels.
Network Computing asked a select group of communication service providers to provide a comparable broadband network scenario for a fictitious company?s VPN service request. The scoring criteria were based on several features including: ease of migration to the carrier?s network, ability to make bandwidth changes, data security, service level agreements and price.
Qwest offers small, medium and enterprise business customers a variety of local and long-distance voice solutions. Qwest also offers a comprehensive portfolio of data communications solutions that complete any business? wide area or local area network. From DSL to high-speed dedicated Internet access, Qwest can provide business customers with the type of data communications they need.
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