ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 16, 2009 – Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) (www.cnm.edu) recently upgraded its multi-campus network and distance-learning program with data networking technology designed by Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) (www.qwest.com).

The solution gives CNM the reach and bandwidth to successfully integrate technology into distance-learning programs and reach remote students.  
 
The college’s four campuses and a Workforce Training Center in Albuquerque are now connected by Qwest’s high-speed Metro Optical Ethernet data networking platform.
 
With broadband speeds up to 100 megabits per second at each site, Ethernet provides the capacity to deliver bandwidth-intensive learning opportunities to classrooms and online. CNM has one of the largest distance-learning programs in the United States.
 
“CNM is nationally recognized for its innovation and ability to serve traditional and non-traditional students. And today, more than ever, both groups are asking for distance-learning options. By implementing Qwest’s Ethernet solution, we found we can balance our student body’s needs and our budget,” said Joe Gieri, executive director, Information Technology Services, CNM, in a recent interview about the new technology implementation. Click here to see and hear his video testimonial.
 
The Qwest-designed solution leverages the power of Ethernet and optical technologies across metro area networks. The result is low-cost, scalable and secure bandwidth. Ethernet provides local area network (LAN-to-LAN) connectivity between two or more customer locations within a metro area and is suitable for a wide variety of applications. These applications include:
  •  Data file transfer
  • Internet access
  • Off-site data storage
  • Access to hosting, outsourced mail and file server service
  • Outsourced application service
 
“Schools nationwide are using technology as an affordable way to broaden their scope, creating educational opportunities both in the classroom and online. This trend toward distance learning is likely to accelerate as our country’s leadership places more emphasis on helping maximize Americans’ educational potential through technology,” said Teresa Taylor, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group.
 
In addition to providing speed and reliability for students today, Qwest Metro Optical Ethernet has the capacity to support the technology needs of the college for years to come. CNM is building a sixth campus in the community of Rio Rancho near Albuquerque. The new campus, scheduled to open in 2010, will also be connected through the Ethernet platform.


About Qwest

Qwest Business is a choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a comprehensive portfolio of data and voice networking communications solutions to enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions of all sizes. The Qwest network covers the entire continental United States and has one of the largest fiber footprints in the U.S., capable of supporting 40 Gbps data transmission rates. Go to Qwest.com/business to see why enterprises coast to coast rely on Qwest for first-class communications solutions and to learn more about Qwest’s commitment to perfecting the customer experience. 

 

# # #
 
The marks that comprise the Qwest logo are registered trademarks of Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.


Contact Information
 
Qwest Media Contact
Melissa Reffel
303-965-3424
melissa.reffel@qwest.com