TOKYO, March 28, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband communications company, today announced an agreement with Japan Telecom to jointly offer communications services to multinational corporations needing services between Japan and the United States, and between Japan and Europe.
Qwest and Japan Telecom plan to offer international digital private line, international asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and frame relay services. These services will provide multinational and regional businesses in Japan with connections to Qwest?s global broadband network, through Japan Telecom.
?Qwest is pleased to reach this agreement with Japan Telecom, and our two companies have already jointly won business in Japan,? said Ross Lau, president and chief executive of Qwest Asia. ?This agreement allows Qwest to provide customers in Japan with a seamless end-to-end network, and one-stop shopping for their networking needs, featuring a single bill and point of contact.?
The relationship enables both companies to deliver exceptional service level agreements and service anywhere in Japan, the United States and Europe. Additionally, the agreement allows Qwest and Japan Telecom to market and sell the other parties? services to its respective customer base.
Qwest Asia and Japan Telecom will coordinate sales activities to multinational companies needing communications services.
?Japan Telecom is excited to introduce joint data services between Japan and the US/Europe through bilateral interconnection with a leading carrier in the United States,? said Noboru Ubayama, senior corporate officer responsible for Japan Telecom?s global business. ?The agreement will bring excellent strategic advantages to Japan Telecom. We are proud to play an important role in the second largest communications market in the world. I believe Japan Telecom can serve all of our Japan-based multinational customers with high-quality and low-cost data transmission services.?
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 www.qwest.com.
About Japan Telecom
Japan Telecom started its service in 1986 as a long-distance carrier in Japan. It provided public switched telephone and data transmission service through its total 10,000 kilometers of fiber-optic network that covers the entire nation. The company merged with International Telecom Japan in 1997 and started its global network service as Japan?s first telecom carrier to offer seamless service for both domestic and international customers. Japan Telecom announced a plan to introduce a nationwide IP backbone network, again first in Japan. Its service portfolio covers a wide range from the pioneering service of IP technology to data center business and mobile solutions by its subsidiary, J-Phone. Currently Japan Telecom plays an important role in the Asia Pacific region as a member of the Vodafone Group.
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