Qwest Awarded Multimillion-Dollar Web Hosting Contract From National Institutes of Health

DENVER, SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) was awarded a 10-year, $40 million Web hosting contract by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a complete back-up computing capability for all 27 NIH Institutes and Centers across the United States.

Under the contract, Qwest is providing a comprehensive suite of collocation and communications capabilities that will ensure the full confidentiality, availability and integrity of NIH information. This contract gives NIH a highly reliable, secure backup for all hosted applications and Web sites, allowing NIH scientists, other NIH employees and partners, and the general public the ability to conduct business as usual in the event of a disaster.

?This significant win is further proof of Qwest?s continued commitment to the hosting segment of the market,? said James F.X. Payne, senior vice president and general manager of Qwest?s Government Services Division (GSD). ?In an age when communicating and protecting scientists? work is nearly as vital as the science itself, Qwest offers NIH more than 10 years of direct collocation hosting experience for large enterprises.?

Qwest will provide total Web hosting for NIH servers; multi-gigabit connections to the Internet, the NIH campus and the Internet2 Abilene Network; and program management.

Qwest is also the backbone provider for the Internet2 Abilene Network that connects NIH with more than 130 universities and other research institution across the country.

About Qwest Web Hosting Solutions

Qwest Web hosting services offer an integrated portfolio of Internet solutions over an all-optical Internet protocol (IP) network. Customers can choose from a complete spectrum of fully customizable solutions covering domestic and international dedicated hosting, storage services, backup services, hosted equipment and security services.

Web hosting operations take place at one of Qwest?s eight, state-of-the-art CyberCenters located in Sterling, Va.: Burbank, Sacramento and Sunnyvale, Calif.; Chicago; Denver; Newark, N.J.; and Tampa, Fla. The CyberCenters are equipped with the industry?s most advanced procedures for monitoring, diagnosing and resolving network, operating system, and application problems before they start.

Voted ?Hosting Center of the Year? in a recent InfoWorld reader?s choice survey, Qwest was also ranked number one for providing application services in a recent America?s Network end-user survey.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 49,000 employees are 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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