DENVER, March 19, 2007 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that its Qwest Business Partner Program (QBPP) was recently recognized as one of the top partner programs in the industry. Qwest earned a Five-Star rating from VARBusiness, an industry-leading publication focused exclusively on reseller and partner channels. In addition, Tom McGrath, Qwest vice president - alternate channels, was named one of the "Top 25 Channel Executives to Watch" by the magazine.

This is the seventh year in which QBPP has earned the Five-Star distinction. The program was selected for recognition from among 250 program entries, based on criteria such as commitment and strength of programs for partners, demonstrating best practices and showing a leadership role in the industry. The Five-Star rating will be included in the magazine's Partner Program Guide, which appears in the March 19, 2007, issue.

"Our partners' knowledge and experience, combined with Qwest's products and services, make a powerfully effective package," said McGrath. "Qwest is committed to providing its partners with the best support possible to help them grow their businesses."

QBPP, a sales channel within Qwest, provides sales and sales support for a nationwide network of partners and sub-agents who sell Qwest's high-quality voice, data and IP services to businesses of all sizes.

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