DENVER - January 28, 1998 - Qwest today announced it would offer high speed dedicated Internet access to businesses nationwide. The initial service will offer private line access at speeds of 1.544, 45, and 155 mbps (DS-1, DS-3 and OC-3) with future service speeds of up to 2.1 gigabits or OC-48 on demand. Qwest's high bandwidth Internet access will be available to businesses in 23 cities in 1998 and will extend to 125 cities by mid-1999, and is the first new service offer resulting from the acquisition of SuperNet in October of 1997.
"Qwest is extremely pleased to offer its customers another robust IP networking solution. There is a great demand in the marketplace for high speed IP services and this enables us to give customers what they need," said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest.
Guy K. Cook, president and CEO of SuperNet added, "By leveraging the unique benefits of our Macro Capacity Fiber Network, Qwest is leading the market with a compelling Internet access service for businesses of all sizes."
Qwest High Speed Internet Access
Qwest's high speed Internet access will be initially available in 10 cities by the end of February. The first cities to offer service include Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, San Jose and Santa Barbara. The second phase of the 1998 roll out will extend the offer to 23 cities. By mid-1999 Qwest will offer high speed Internet access in 125 cities nationwide.
The Qwest Macro CapacitySM Network
Qwest's planned domestic 16,000 mile network will serve over 125 cities, which represent approximately 80 percent of the data and voice traffic originating in the United States, upon its scheduled completion in the second quarter of 1999. Currently, 3,500 miles are activated from Los Angeles to Cincinnati; and from Dallas to Houston. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998.
The Qwest Macro CapacitySM Fiber network is designed with a highly reliable and secure bi-directional, line switching OC-192 SONET ring architecture. Upon completion, the network will offer a self-healing system that adds even more security and reliability by allowing instantaneous rerouting in the event of a fiber cut. This network architecture will virtually eliminate network downtime for Qwest's customers.
Qwest Communications International, Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST), is a multimedia communications company building a high-capacity, fiber optic network for the 21st century. Qwest's planned domestic 16,000 mile network will serve over 125 cities, which represent approximately 80 percent of the data and voice traffic originating in the United States, upon its completion in the second quarter of 1999. Currently , 3,350 miles are activated from Los Angeles to Indianapolis; and from Dallass to Houston. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998. With its cutting-edge technology, Qwest will deliver high-quality voice, data and video connectivity securely and reliably to businesses, consumers and other communications service providers.
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