DENVER - August 11, 1998 - Qwest today announced a multimillion-dollar contract to provide communications services to Nortel (Northern Telecom), a leading provider of communications products and advanced digital networks. Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Qwest will provide Nortel with Virtual Network Services (VNS) in the U.S., toll-free calling, calling card, and inbound and outbound long-distance services. Using advanced re-routing technology, Qwest will continuously monitor Nortel?s VNS traffic across the Qwest Macro CapacitySM Fiber Network for quality assurance and uninterrupted transmission.

?Qwest and Nortel have been working together on many fronts to bring high-tech communications services to businesses and consumers, and Qwest is pleased to provide Nortel with the services that have, in part, been created through its strategic alliance with Nortel,? said Lew Wilks, president of business markets for Qwest.

?Qwest continues to emerge as an exciting new provider of advanced communications services. The tremendous capabilities of Qwest?s nationwide high-capacity fiber optic network are maximized by Nortel?s leading-edge optical and switching solutions,? said Ian Craig, president of broadband networks for Nortel.

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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