Council Bluffs, IA, February 12, 2001 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, announced today that it has installed and activated a new digital switch in Council Bluffs. The new $6.6 million digital switch is significantly faster and more efficient than the analog switch it replaces and is part of Qwest's ongoing effort to expand and improve Iowa's voice and data communications network.
"This is just one more example of Qwest's commitment to invest in Iowa and provide our customers in Council Bluffs with reliable service," said Max Phillips, Qwest vice president of Iowa.
The digital switch was activated over the weekend and will benefit more than 32,000 customers in Council Bluffs and surrounding communities. The conversion was executed during low volume calling periods so it would not disrupt service or 911 calls.
In addition to being faster, the new switch gives Qwest additional capacity to accommodate future growth and the introduction of new services.About Qwest
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity(r) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 104,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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