Qwest Adds New Features to iQ Networking

DENVER, May 17, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has added several new features to its global wide area networking (WAN) solution called Qwest iQ Networking?. By adding these valuable features, more business customers can take advantage of the simplicity and application-centric solution that multi-protocol label switching (MPLS)-based Qwest iQ Networking provides.

The additional features are:

  • International Internet protocol (IP)-enabled frame relay and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) access to customers? domestic Qwest iQ Networking WAN. This is especially valuable to enterprise customers with global operations.
  • Enablement of IP interfaces into ATM and frame relay customers? environments. With this feature, customers can continue to use their existing networks and seamlessly add Qwest iQ Networking services to their portfolio.
  • Frame partner access in Qwest and other service provider regions. This enables customers to access Qwest iQ Networking services via frame relay networks, eliminating the expense of equipment upgrades.
  • Inverse multiplexing over ATM, which offers cost and coverage flexibility for customers with broadband requirements between DS1 and DS3.
  • Protection from Denial of Service attacks. Qwest assists with the mitigation of such attacks and provides a service level agreement (SLA) to back it up.

?As enterprise customers enhance their site-to-site networks domestically and internationally to include new applications, such as voice over IP, Qwest iQ Networking is prepared to meet their evolving needs,? said Eric Bozich, vice president, national services for Qwest. ?iQ Networking gives customers the flexibility they require for today?s global business environment, while continuing to provide a feature-rich network specifically tuned to customers? business needs.?

Qwest iQ Networking gives customers an end-to-end WAN service that supports specific business applications. The solution also focuses on solving business problems, reducing total cost and delivering an unparalleled service delivery experience. The key features of Qwest iQ Networking are:

  • Universal access to an MPLS-based private IP network.
  • Private WAN connectivity extended and managed over the Internet.
  • Built-in Quality of Service tuned to customer-specific applications.
  • Proactive network surveillance and management.
  • SLA performance goals.
  • One-call resolve customer care model.
  • Global networking.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services. With more than 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.

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