• Largest fully-operational CyberCenter in Germany - ready for service on time and on budget
  • First of eighteen 108,000 square-foot CyberCenters developed with IBM in Europe
  • Space already over-subscribed – customer selection underway
  • Most secure, reliable and powerful base for e-business and ASP services

Denver, July 31, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, announced today that KPNQwest, its joint venture with KPN, opened the first of their 18 mega-CyberCenters in the first concrete step in an aggressive roll-out which will give European businesses access to state-of-the-art hosting and co-location services and unprecedented bandwidth speeds. The 108,000 square-foot facility, located in Munich on top of KPNQwest’s 12,500 mile EuroRings™ macro-capacity fiber-optic network, is the largest of its type in Germany and has been delivered ready for service on time and on budget.

Developed as part of a ten-year joint initiative with IBM, who will occupy 25% of the available space, the CyberCenter is already attracting interest from many leading e-businesses companies for its co-location and hosting services. KPNQwest will also be offering Application Service Provider (ASP) services, initially in the form of Open Text's leading Livelink™ collaborative software.

"European business is reinventing itself, driven by the forces set in motion by the e-business revolution. KPNQwest's Munich CyberCenter, combining a dense fiber-optic network with secure IT computing capabilities, is a major milestone in this European transformation. This is the first in a network of similar centers across the Continent that will meet the growing demand for hosting and co-location services," said Jack McMaster, president and CEO of KPNQwest.

Masters continued, "our customers recognize this to be the most compelling integrated hosting solution for European enterprises today, and that is why we are seeing such demand for the space. The scaleable bandwidth we provide in combination with our peering agreements and content delivery capability will enable the leaders of the existing web-delivery market to deliver even faster and more efficient services to end-users. It will also kick-start Europe's entry into the new and radically different marketplace of application service provision. This is turn will drive the growth of KPNQwest's recently announced DSL business."

The CyberCenter sets new industry standards in the provision of a secure environment for enterprise-critical applications. Round-the-clock guards and wrap-around closed-circuit television (CCTV) are backed up by touch reader ID cards and Palm Print biometric scanning technology for data floor access. Inside the CyberCenter, the physical environment is controlled by state-of-the-art Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems and finely calibrated moisture and smoke detection systems, with the threat of fire or loss of grid power neutralized by Argon-based fire suppression equipment, a fully redundant Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) system and a 50,000 gallon back-up diesel generator. Data flow in the CyberCenter and on the backbone is monitored by hosting and network operations centers round-the clock, using an array of state-of-the art hosting, switching and problem tracking software as well as data integrity and encryption processes.

Global connectivity is provided via dedicated scaleable Ethernet connections to the virtually unlimited bandwidth of the KPNQwest EuroRing™ network, which reaches over 500 points-of-presence (POPs) in 13 countries across Europe through a 50-city, 12,500 mile backbone and has tier-one transit-free peering arrangements with 243 networks in Europe and North America. The KPNQwest network links seamlessly with Qwest's 25,500 mile broadband Internet North American network and its extensive network of CyberCenter and hosting assets, allowing KPNQwest to offer a pan-European, transatlantic and American service. In addition KPNQwest's in-built content distribution capability will allow content to be delivered at higher speeds to end-users both within and beyond its own footprint.

CyberCenter customers will benefit from a full portfolio of next generation e-business network and hosting services, ranging from management and operation of their servers in the centers, to hosting of complex websites and building and providing new network-based applications for larger customers. IBM Global Services, which manages 133 data centers worldwide, will also provide complex hosting services and co-location capabilities for the high-growth market of customer managed services as well as IT and application support services. KPNQwest will also provide a full range of higher layer connectivity services, such as managed bandwidth, Internet connectivity and Internet Protocol (IP) transit under strict service level agreements.

In addition, the CyberCenter will provide ASP support, starting with Open Text Corporation's Livelink software, an instant Intranet, Extranet and virtual teaming application. Designed for easy access via a standard Web browser, the hosting of the application in the CyberCenter will open it up to a far broader customer base, especially the SME sector. KPNQwest and Open Text will jointly market and brand the hosted Livelink solution to KPNQwest's installed customer base of more than 100,000 businesses. This service will also be offered to the Open Text installed customer base in Europe, which exceeds one million users.

About the KPNQwest CyberCenters The first six KPNQwest CyberCenters, each of about 108,000 square-feet, will be in Munich, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Stockholm and Milan. These centers will be phased in by the end of 2000. Typical customers for the range of services offered by KPNQwest within the CyberCenters are Internet Service Providers (ISPs), Application Service Providers (ASPs), dot.com companies, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), traditional 'bricks and mortar' companies moving to web-based operations and organizations involved in e-commerce.

About KPNQwest
KPNQwest (NASDAQ & ASE: KQIP) is a leading facilities-based, pan-European provider of data-centric services based on Internet Protocol (IP). It is deploying a technologically advanced 12,500 mile fiber-optic network connecting 50 cities throughout Europe and provides a full portfolio of data-centric IP-based services and other advanced telecommunications services, including a pan-European Digital Subscriber Line service. KPNQwest is one of the largest business ISPs in Europe with operations in 15 countries. KPNQwest has twelve CyberCenters and has announced plans to build an additional eighteen 108,000 square-foot CyberCenters across Europe, on its high-capacity fibber-optic network to provide web-hosting, application sharing and telehousing services. Website: www.kpnqwest.com

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® 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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