DENVER, December 12, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, and Internet2, a university-led research and development consortium, today announced a new five-year agreement to quadruple the Abilene Internet2 network?s capacity. Qwest?s investment in the improvement of the Abilene Internet2 network is valued at $300 million.

More than 190 universities and research centers use the Abilene Internet2 network to create and test data and video applications that have revolutionized how scientists, teachers and students work and collaborate. These applications further the search for solutions in complex scientific fields such as cancer research, artificial intelligence, robotics and early preparation for earthquakes.

The new agreement will increase the Abilene Internet2 network's capacity to 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) through the use of optical networking technologies, making the network one of the most advanced and far-reaching educational research networks in the world. The enhanced network will have enough capacity to send 9.7 million five-paragraph e-mails in one second.

?Qwest is proud of its affiliation with Internet2 and the revolutionary, cutting-edge applications that are enabled by our network,? said Afshin Mohebbi, Qwest president and chief operating officer. "The relationship further defines Qwest?s position as a leader in delivering reliable, secure network services for the government and education markets.?

?Qwest's technology and commitment to Internet2 will ensure the Abilene Internet2 network continues to provide the academic and research community with an unsurpassed national networking capability,? said Douglas Van Houweling, president and CEO of Internet2. ?Since its launch three years ago, the Abilene Internet2 network has been an unqualified success: it connects leading universities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; peers with 37 international research and education networks; and includes participation by 17 state education networks.?

The Abilene Internet2 network enables the deployment of revolutionary education and research applications, as well as the development of new network capabilities, such as:

  • The Visible Human: A three-dimensional, computer-generated cybernetic body, the Visible Human is available over the Abilene Internet2 network for medical researchers throughout North America. Using digitized data from a cadaver, researchers created a virtual human body that can be viewed from any angle, dissected and reassembled by anatomy students, or used as a model to study the growth of cancer cells.
  • Distance Learning: Cameras are installed above the operating table ? and within the area of the body undergoing the medical procedure ? so students 1,000 miles or more away may watch the operation in real-time from ?inside the body.?
  • Artistic Collaboration: Shakespeare?s ?Romeo and Juliet? may be performed by actors on two different stages 100 miles apart and viewed over the Abilene Internet2 network. Romeo could be in Phoenix, and Juliet could be in Tucson.

Qwest is the recognized industry leader in providing high-bandwidth network services for other prestigious education and research networks, including the National Science Foundation?s Distributed Terascale Facility program, NASA?s Research and Education Network and the Department of Energy?s Energy Sciences Network. Qwest?s 2001 revenues from the government and education sectors are expected to be approximately $1 billion.

About Internet2®

Led by over 190 U.S. universities, working with industry and government, Internet2 is developing and deploying advanced network applications and technologies for research and higher education, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet. Internet2 recreates the partnerships of academia, industry, and government that helped foster today's Internet in its infancy.

About Abilene

Abilene, developed in partnership with Qwest Communications, Cisco Systems, Nortel Networks and Indiana University, is an Internet2 backbone network providing nationwide high-performance networking capabilities for over 200 Internet2 universities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. For more information on Abilene please see

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at

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