Denver, May 7, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it has signed four new contracts valuing more than $30 million for various broadband Internet communications services. The contracts are with Albuquerque Public Schools in New Mexico; Denver International Airport (DIA); Fuzion Wireless Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Fuzion Technologies Group, Inc.; and Georgia Technology Authority (GTA), which oversees technology procurement for Georgia state government
?These new accounts represent continuing strong demand for broadband Internet communications services from Qwest,? said Joel Arnold, executive vice president of global business markets for Qwest. ?We believe the government and business sectors will continue to demand our broadband Internet and data services throughout the year, leaving us well positioned for growth at the local, national and global level.?
Albuquerque Public Schools
Qwest will provide high-speed Internet access, frame relay and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) network services to Albuquerque?s 120 public schools. More than 85,000 students in grades K-12 will benefit from the contract between Qwest and the school district.
Denver International Airport
Qwest has contracted with DIA to provide more than 15 people to work onsite to support all voice and data communications systems at the airport. These systems are some of the most vital components to DIA as they control everything from the network that supports the airline computer systems to the core phone and data network and DIA?s closed-circuit and public-access television.
Qwest is providing the high-speed dedicated Internet access backbone to connect Fuzion?s hubs to central offices. Utilizing a hybrid of wireless and wireline technologies, Fuzion offers integrated broadband access solutions to address the high-speed connectivity needs of small-, medium- and enterprise-level businesses.
Georgia Technology Authority
In the agreement with GTA, Qwest will provide state agencies with domestic call origination and toll-free calling services, as well as calling cards. The state of Georgia will realize significant cost savings by purchasing these voice services from Qwest.
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