SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., March 20, 2008 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced it signed a 3-year data networking agreement with iMemories, an Arizona-based company that uses state-of-the-art technology to convert home movie films and videotapes into full length online videos, and professionally published DVDs.
Qwest will install Qwest Metro Optical Ethernet (QMOE) at iMemories’ Scottsdale, Ariz., headquarters where the company operates its 11,000 square foot studio. The Ethernet technology will give iMemories scalable bandwidth and a secure and reliable network to provide its customers to share online video. Because of the flexibility and scalability of QMOE, iMemories will use only the amount of bandwidth it needs at a certain time.
Founded in 2006, iMemories has already transformed more than 100,000 old home movies, photos and slides into a modern digital format. “Moving to a Web-based video experience has been our key value proposition and differentiator as a brand, one that gives iMemories the ability to provide online “home movie” video sharing and editing, and provide our customers with highly customized DVD merchandise,” said Mark Rukavina, founder and CEO of iMemories. ”Our premium online video experience sets the new standard for what consumers will required in the media conversion market.”
“The beauty of Qwest Ethernet is that it starts at 10 Megabits per second (Mbps) but can easily scale to reach 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps), giving iMemories the flexibility to grow to meet the anticipated demand for their product,” said Tom Richards, executive vice president of Business Markets for Qwest. “These scalable bandwidth increments also mean that iMemories only pays for the bandwidth they use, which is particularly attractive to a young, rapidly growing company.”
QMOE service combines the power of Ethernet and optical technologies across metropolitan area networks to provide scalable and secure bandwidth at a low relative cost. QMOE service is available in 32 national markets with bandwidth profiles ranging from 5Mbps to 1 Gigabit per second. Qwest backs its products and services with a Quality of Service (QoS) commitment that gives customers assurance of application, integrity and performance in their network.
iMemories is a leader in the dynamic Web 2.0-generation of Internet services. The company transforms old-media memories into crystal-clear digital files that consumers can enjoy and share-whenever and wherever they like. In iMemories' 11,000-square foot fiber-optic studio, production professionals use state-of-the-art technology and techniques to convert old home-movie films, videotapes, photographs and slides into organized archives and full-length digital productions. Memories that were deteriorating in the dark are preserved forever on optical disc-and easy to edit, organize, store and share worldwide through iMemories' private, secure online user experience. In a market crowded with audiovisual houses and small firms offering basic video-transfer services, iMemories' technology and expertise enable it to deliver a premium product efficiently and affordably. Founded and led by new-media entrepreneur Mark Rukavina, iMemories is privately held and based in Scottsdale, Ariz. To learn more, visit www.imemories.com or call 480-767-2510.
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