PHOENIX, Sept. 24, 2009 – As part of its commitment to building a new model for higher education in America, Arizona State University (ASU) expanded its relationship with Qwest Communications (NYSE:Q) with a 5-year, $54 million communications agreement, that will save the university $1.48 million a year.



  • Under the new contract, Qwest will manage all of ASU’s voice, data and wireless services to provide students, faculty and staff easy and efficient Internet access, voice communications and computing capabilities across the university’s four campuses.
  • In its 5-year technology plan, ASU chose Qwest as its strategic networking provider to equip the ASU community with industry-leading, enhanced and reliable connectivity over a converged voice and data network that provides the foundation for a unified communications platform.
  • ASU’s 76,000-user population will use Qwest Managed IP Communications capabilities to meet the increasing demands for: bandwidth, new and emerging technologies, reduced costs, increased efficiencies and the feature functionalities unified communications provides.
  • Qwest services will provide ASU with a centrally managed, hosted, scalable, flexible and distributed architecture for voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and unified communications.



Adrian Sannier, university technology officer for ASU:

“The capability, versatility and value of our overall network will jump very quickly because there’s little additional physical infrastructure we will have to manage. We’re optimistic this innovative, fully managed approach will allow us to deliver better voice and data to and from our classrooms, laboratories and dormitories.”


Sharon Montgomery, vice president, Qwest Government and Education Solutions:

“Qwest sees the need nationwide for higher education entities like ASU to transform dated technologies into fully finished communications solutions that meet the ever-increasing demands to integrate technology and education. ASU’s commitment and visionary process to incorporate the latest and greatest technology Qwest has to offer is truly commendable.”




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