Denver, December 4, 2006 - Qwest (NYSE: Q) today announced that it is working with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) on its annual "NORAD Tracks Santa" program.
For more than fifty years, NORAD has used radar, satellites, Santa cams and jet fighter aircraft to monitor Santa's annual trip around the world. This year, Qwest is maximizing NORAD's capability to communicate Santa's trek around the world to thousands of boys and girls.
"Qwest's products and services are trusted by many U.S. federal government agencies for mission-critical applications - from the Department of Treasury to the Department of Defense," said Diana Gowen, senior vice president, Qwest Government Services, Inc. "Qwest has teamed up with NORAD to ensure that the necessary telephone lines are available for children around the world to receive up-to-the-minute updates on Santa's travels."
There are several ways to track Santa with NORAD. Families can go to www.qwest.com/santa for a link to the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site, or they can go to www.noradsanta.org for a fun Santa countdown. The site includes real-time Santa tracking on Dec. 24. Finally, phone lines will be open starting Dec. 24, at 2 a.m., through 2 a.m. on Dec. 25, for children to speak directly to a NORAD Santa Tracker when they call 1-877-Hi-NORAD.
"Each year, the 'NORAD Tracks Santa' Santa Trackers, located at the 'NORAD Tracks Santa' Operations Center at Peterson AFB, Colorado, receive tens of thousands of telephone calls all within a 24-hour period", said Major Stacia Reddish, NORAD Tracks Santa Project Officer. "It's important our telecommunications partners can accommodate the enormous communications demands. We're confident Qwest's services will give us the right resources to respond to the tens of thousands of calls we expect during this huge event."
Using Qwest High-Speed InternetTM service families can take advantage of the real-time Santa tracking, games and downloads available at the NORAD Tracks Santa Web site. They can also send e-mails to NORAD at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to Santa at northpole@OfficialSantaMail.com
For more on Qwest's holiday offerings, including Qwest High-Speed Internet service, customers can go to www.qwest.com/value.
Qwest is a leading provider of mission-critical high-speed Internet and data, voice and video services to more than fifty federal government agencies, including NORAD, the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Justice, the Department of Treasury, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Postal Service. Qwest ranks in the top 50 of the 2006 "Top Federal Prime Contractors" as ranked by Washington Technology.
Qwest offers a unique and powerful combination of voice and data solutions for businesses, government agencies and consumers ? locally and throughout the country. Customers coast to coast are turning to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber optic network and its Spirit of Service for quality products and superior customer experience. For more information on Qwest, and its various operating subsidiaries, please go to www.qwest.com.