DENVER, November 2, 1998 ? Qwest Communications (NASDAQ: QWST) today announced that it has been awarded a contract worth approximately $20 million from Centurion Telecommunications Corporation, a provider of high speed data transmission and direct access to the Internet. Under the terms of the five-year agreement, Qwest will provide Centurion with DS-3 (45 mbps) native Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity on the Qwest nationwide Macro CapacitySM Fiber Network.
The service will augment Centurion?s recently launched wireless high-speed two-way Internet access service ? FlashNetUSASM. The FlashNetUSA system will combine Centurion?s 2.4 GHz spread spectrum wireless technology with the speed and reliability of the Qwest network to create a high capacity wireless communications network uniquely suited to carry mission-critical data traffic for commercial, institutional and educational entities.
"We are pleased to be working with Centurion, a fast-growing communications company well positioned to leverage the data transmission capabilities of both wireless and fiber optic communications networks," said Lewis O. Wilks, Qwest?s president of business markets. "Qwest is providing Centurion unprecedented data and Internet transmission capabilities, as well as service level agreements unmatched in the industry."
"Centurion is excited about entering into this agreement and relationship with Qwest," says Joe Reddy, vice president of marketing and sales for Centurion. "Centurion?s rapid deployment of its wireless network requires acesss to a state-of-the-art fiber-optic backbone network that can support the speed, reliability, capacity and level of service that meets our needs and our customers? needs. Qwest provides us with these capabilities today and for years going forward. Today?s data intense business environment is all about speed and bandwidth. Centurion?s wireless solution provides data transmission and Internet speeds unparalleled by any standard hard-wire connection, more securely and at a much lower cost. We felt Qwest was the only choice to support our network and future growth plans."
The Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber Network
Qwest?s planned domestic network will span more than 18,500 route miles and serve over 130 cities, which represent approximately 80 percent of the data and voice traffic originating in the United States. To date, approximately 9,100 miles of the Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber Network are activated, and construction has commenced on 17,955 miles. The entire U.S. network will be completed by the second quarter of 1999. Qwest?s transcontinental segment extends from Los Angeles to Sacramento and across to New York. Additionally, Qwest owns transatlantic submarine capacity linking the United States to Europe and will jointly own a transpacific submarine cable system connecting the U.S. to the Pacific Rim. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late 1998.
The Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber network is designed with highly reliable and secure bi-directional, line switching OC-192 SONET ring architecture. Upon completion, the network will offer a self-healing system that provides the ultimate security and reliability by allowing instantaneous rerouting in the event of a fiber cut.
Headquartered in Dublin Ohio, Centurion intends to cover over 30 major markets throughout the USA by the end of 1999 and continue to grow to 120 cities. Centurion is also establishing several International Points of Presence to create a global network for the transmission of high-speed two-way data, and voice over IP data, between its USA gateways (for distribution throughout the USA) and for USA to International transmissions. For more information, please visit www.centelusa.com.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NASDAQ: QWST) is a multimedia communications company and one of the fastest growing companies in America today. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Qwest has approximately 6,000 employees and over 80 sales offices worldwide. With its world-class data and multimedia network, marketing expertise, and customer care and billing systems, Qwest is delivering high-quality data, video and voice connectivity securely and reliably to customers around the world. Further information is available at www.qwest.net.
This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Qwest with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Form 10-Q, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, failure to complete the network on schedule, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.
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