DENVER -Dec. 4, 1997- Qwest (Nasdaq: QWST), the developer of the world's highest capacity broadband network, today announced that Reynaldo "Reynie" U. Ortiz has been appointed managing director, International and senior vice president for Qwest. In his new position at Qwest, Ortiz will lead Qwest's international business development and operations with his initial focus on the expansion of the Qwest Network into Mexico. Ortiz brings to Qwest extensive experience in identifying emerging international markets and negotiating global alliances

"I am delighted to have Reynie join the Qwest team to spearhead our international business efforts," said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest. "Reynie has extensive experience in international markets, and I welcome the opportunity to fully tap Reynie's vast knowledge of the communications industry to grow Qwest globally."

As a consultant to Qwest, Ortiz negotiated with the government of Mexico and forged a deal with Bestel S.A. de C.V. to extend the Qwest Network into 14 major cities in Mexico including Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico City, San Luis Potosi, Saltillo, Puebla and Cuernavaca.

Prior to joining Qwest, Ortiz was president and CEO of Sophia Communications, Inc. and was founder, president and CEO of LYNCSTAR Integrated Communications LLC. Ortiz's international experience is extensive having served as President and CEO of US West International, Inc. There he developed and implemented a successful strategy for US West's entry into the cable television-telephony and wireless communications markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America. Ortiz has also served in senior-management positions for Jones International, Inc., US West, Inc., US West Cellular Group, and International Business Machines, Inc. (IBM). For his international achievements, Ortiz received an honorary doctorate degree in law from New Mexico State University. He also holds a Masters of Science in management degree from Stanford University.

About Qwest 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 network will connect 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. 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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