DENVER, Jan. 9, 2008 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced it has signed a 3-year agreement with Whitney Education Group® (WEG) to provide nationwide high-speed data transmission, Internet, voice and hosting services. Headquartered in Cape Coral, Fla., WEG is part of Whitney Information Network, Inc., which provides post-secondary education and training courses in financially-oriented subjects to students in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
Specializing in real estate investment training, WEG courses are taught using live workshops, online training, on-demand classes, mentoring, personal phone coaching, and multimedia training materials and software. WEG selected Qwest for its ability to create a specialized voice and data network that best fit WEG’s business requirements and WEG’s demand for the highest level of reliable and seamless connectivity.
"Whether they’re sitting in a classroom, on an audio conference or online accessing course materials, WEG students expect their learning experience to be first-rate and flawless," said Sundeep Dronawat, chief information officer, Whitney Information Network. "Qwest took the time to understand our business goals and the educational needs of our students and then created a network solution to support the success of both.”
Using a combination of multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) and audio conferencing as well as Internet, local, and hosting services, Qwest designed a comprehensive solution that will connect four WEG locations in Florida, Utah, the UK and Canada. These services will provide WEG with a network to support the delivery of the company’s online learning tools, while at the same time protecting critical business traffic and providing exceptional reliability.
"As a strong supporter of education, Qwest is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Whitney Education Group,” said Tom Richards, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group. “Because WEG coursework combines traditional classroom teaching and online learning, we understood that network speed and dependability would be critical. Using MPLS, hosting, and local and Internet services, Qwest designed a solution with the speed and network integrity capable of delivering a seamless learning experience to every WEG student.”
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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-opticInternet 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.