DENVER, October 24, 2005 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has extended its contract with Internet Specialties West (ISWest), a full service broadband Internet service provider. Under the new two-year agreement, ISWest is using Qwest's state-of-the-art CyberCenter in Burbank, Calif., which sits directly on Qwest's global, high-speed fiber-optic network. Each of Qwest's nine CyberCenters was built to ensure client systems and equipment are up and running even under extreme conditions.
ISWest is one of southern California's premier business Internet service providers, offering its customers unique solutions to their Internet needs backed by VIP customer service. Specifically, ISWest provides T-1 and DS-3 connections, along with co-location services to small businesses. Using Qwest as its local broadband and long-haul network transport provider, ISWest has grown tremendously. By using Qwest's CyberCenter, ISWest can deliver additional, higher speed services to its end-user customer base.
"We conducted an extensive analysis of existing Web hosting options and Qwest was clearly the best fit," said Drew Kaplan, chief executive officer of ISWest. "ISWest understands that exceptional client service is key to our product offering. Not only does Qwest offer an impressive backbone and infrastructure, we witnessed that it shares the same commitment to customer service through our workings with its expert local technical support team."
"This contract extension is further proof of Qwest's continued commitment to the hosting segment," said Thomas Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. "Qwest offers ISWest more than 12 years of direct collocation hosting experience for enterprises."
Qwest Web hosting services offer an integrated portfolio of Internet solutions over an all optical Internet protocol (IP) network. Customers can choose from a complete spectrum of fully customizable solutions covering domestic and international dedicated hosting, storage services, backup services, hosted equipment and security services.
Qwest's nine CyberCenters are located in Burbank, Calif.; Chicago; Denver; Dublin, Ohio; Newark; Tampa; Sacramento; Sterling, Va; and Sunnyvale, Calif. The CyberCenters have some of the industry's most advanced procedures for monitoring, diagnosing and resolving network, operating system, and application problems before they start.
ISWest ranked among the 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America last year and one of the 50 fastest growing technology companies in Los Angeles. The ISWest broadband network supports thousands of business customers and serves more than 150 major metropolitan areas across the United States. The company's success is built on the founders' commitment to deliver the best VIP customer service in the Internet industry. Founded in 1996, ISWest is headquartered in Agoura Hills, California. For more information about ISWest call Drew J. Kaplan 818-735-3000 or visit their web site at www.iswest.com.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With approximately 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the "Spirit of Service" and providing world-class services that exceed customers' expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.