DENVER, NOVEMBER 2, 2005 -Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has signed a new national agreement with MiCTA and the ATAlliance. MiCTA/ATA is a national entity that aggregates demand for essential products and services, including telecommunications, for its members composed of higher education, healthcare, libraries, K-12 schools, government bodies and other non-profit groups. As a result of this contract, Qwest is again one of the approved voice, data and Internet protocol (IP) service providers for MiCTA/ATA members.
The contract is offered to MiCTA/ATA members across the 50 states and is slated for three years with an option of two additional one-year terms, allowing members to continue their savings until 2010. MiCTA/ATA has approved or endorsed Qwest for dozens of services including IP, long-distance, collocation and hosting, virtual private network (VPN), and a wide range of network security services.
"MiCTA/ATA is one of the leading organizations for the government and education sector, so it?s extremely gratifying that we are continuing our long-standing relationship as one of the approved service providers," said Tom Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. 'This year we've expanded the list of services that we can provide MiCTA/ATA members and we're encouraged by the strength of our relationship."
"Qwest has been an excellent partner over the many years we've worked together," said Kim Ellertson, CEO of MiCTA/ATA. "Qwest offered the most competitive cost advantage for some of the services, but more importantly, we've experienced a history of excellent customer service and our members are pleased to have Qwest on the approved list again."
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.