Hong Kong, January 30, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced the appointment of two key executives to the Asia Pacific management team; Kenny Wan, 42, vice president of sales and Maiyue Cheng, 35, vice president of strategic business development.

Wan brings a wealth of telecom sales experience to the team. Most recently, he was assistant vice president of capacity sales for Teleglobe International. Prior to that Wan served as regional sales director for Sprint and later became the Philippines country manager for Global One, Sprint's former joint venture with Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom.

Cheng joins Qwest from China Motion Telecom International where he was vice president of corporate development. His extensive background in strategic business development also includes serving as general manager for Enron International/Azurix in Texas and managing business development for Southern Energy in Georgia.

"As we focus our global strategy on expansion in Asia Pacific, we are delighted to have Kenny and Maiyue bring their diverse regional experience and expertise to the Qwest team," said Ross Lau, Qwest's president of international business. "Their roles will be vital to our success in delivering next-generation broadband Internet communications and applications to the Asia Pacific market."

Currently, Qwest is a major participant of the 13,000-mile undersea network linking the United States to Japan. This bandwidth will enable businesses and consumers in Asia Pacific to be connected to Qwest's North America and European network for all data, video and voice communications.

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