DENVER, 11 February, 1999 -- Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver, Colo. and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, today announced that KPNQwest, their planned European joint venture, has been awarded its first major contract from DANTE ? the non-profit company that plans, builds and manages advanced network services for the European research community. Under the terms of the $50 million, three-year agreement, KPNQwest will provide DANTE with advanced fiber optic connectivity between 9 locations connected to the first two EuroRings tm and ATM capacity to all 16 countries served by the DANTE Network across Europe.
?KPNQwest is honored to be selected by DANTE, the Network Service Provider for the European research community,? said Jack McMaster, acting-CEO of KPNQwest. ?To achieve its goals of providing the European academic community with advanced, interoperable and scalable research and development network facilities, DANTE requires the most advanced, high capacity network available. KPNQwest is in an excellent position to deliver this to DANTE.?
KPNQwest is offering managed broadband services to large and multinational customers, as well as IP-based services designed for small to large-sized businesses. In the first half of 1999, KPNQwest will also offer the retail market data and voice services based on IP technology, high-speed Internet access, intranets, extranets, web hosting, and IP-based VPNs (Virtual Private Networks). In addition, ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) and a number of IP transit services for the wholesale market will also become available this year.
KPNQwest?s pan-European high-capacity fiber optic network consists of bi-directional self-healing ?EuroRings? for uninterrupted service. The partners in the joint venture recently announced the completion of the first EuroRing, linking Antwerp, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Paris, Rotterdam and Strasbourg. By the year 2000, KPNQwest plans to construct five additional rings connecting up to 40 major western, central and eastern European cities. Through KPNQwest?s high bandwidth transatlantic connections, the EuroRing network can seamlessly be linked to Qwest?s technologically advanced 18,500-mile North American fiber optic network for the delivery of advanced IP-based data, video and voice services on a global scale. Designed to transmit capacity at up to two terabits per second, the KPNQwest network can carry more information faster than any other communications network in Europe. More information about the planned KPNQwest joint venture can be found at http://jv.eu.net
About QwestQwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 8,000 employees and 80 sales offices in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity (SM) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, will span more than 18,500 route miles in the United States when it is completed in mid-1999. Qwest also has nearly completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com
About KPNKPN, the leading telecommunications company in The Netherlands, supplies the whole range of telecommunications services and information and communication technology services in its home country and, either independently or in co-operation with partners, in other Western European and Asian countries.
About the planned KPNQwest Joint VentureKPNQwest will be equally owned by KPN and Qwest. The joint venture will bring together the state of the art fiber-optic networks of the two partners and the Internet services expertise and customer base of EUnet International, a wholly owned Qwest subsidiary. The venture will have 700 employees made up of staff from KPN INS and EUnet International. The venture plans to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 9,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. This network will interconnect with Qwest?s 18,500 mile fiber-optic network in the U.S. The KPNQwest venture will offer a full range of broadband and IP-based multimedia services.
DANTE is a not-for-profit company founded in 1993 to organize and manage the provision of pan-European network services for the European research community. The company is taking a leading role in providing the European research community with the network facilities needed to enhance Europe's international competitiveness in R&D, industry, and the global economy at large. For more information about DANTE please see www.dante.net
The TEN-155 Network
In December of 1998, the new pan-European research network ? TEN-155 ? became operational. TEN-155 interconnects 16 European university networks across Europe at speeds of OC-3 (optical carrier 155 Mbps). For researchers and students at universities and research institutions this was a seven-fold increase in capacity for their pan-European communications. For the first time European researchers will benefit from network connectivity that optimally supports multi-media applications.For more information about the TEN-155 Network please see http://www.dante.net/ten-155.html.
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