Denver, May 17, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, announced a multi-year, multimillion dollar agreement with Microsoft Corp. to be a major provider of local dial-up Internet access to MSN subscribers via Qwest’s leading nationwide Internet Protocol-based network.
Separately, Qwest is supplying high-speed dedicated Internet access links to Microsoft Internet data centers, as well as to London through KPNQwest (NASDAQ & ASE: KQIP), Qwest's European joint venture with Dutch telecommunications company KPN. These direct links to Qwest's nationwide IP network and KPNQwest's pan-European IP network provide reliable, secure Internet connections not only for MSN subscribers but also any Internet users accessing MSN and Microsoft-owned web content.
Together, these agreements will increase the capacity of MSN Internet Access and will expand MSN's ability to deliver its service to a rapidly growing user base. Qwest, with one of the most aggressive remote access port rollouts in the industry, will have more than 1 million dial ports by the end of this year. Later this quarter, MSN will utilize the Qwest IP network, and will enable dial-up with modem speeds up to 128Kbps. Qwest will provide MSN with 24x7 operational management services for the network and its equipment, as well as customer service related to network operations.
"This agreement marks another major step in our strategic relationship with Microsoft" said Lewis O. Wilks, Qwest's president of Internet and multimedia markets. "Microsoft is expanding MSN's capacity using the industry's fastest, most secure and reliable IP network with an infrastructure for enabling leading-edge dial services for businesses and consumers."
"Our relationship with Qwest enables even more consumers to access MSN's Everyday Web," said Ted Kummert, vice president for MSN Internet Access in the Consumer Group at Microsoft. "We're happy to expand our existing dial-up services with Qwest’s network."
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based 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 25,500 miles in North America. In addition, KPNQwest (Nasdaq: KQIP), Qwest's European joint venture with KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, is building and will operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet-based network that will span 11,800 miles when it is completed in 2001. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
KPNQwest (NASDAQ & ASE: KQIP) is a leading facilities-based, pan-European provider of data-centric services based on Internet Protocol (IP). It is deploying a technologically advanced 19,000 km fibre-optic network connecting 46 cities throughout Europe and provides a full portfolio of data-centric IP-based services and other advanced telecommunications services, including a pan-European Digital Subscriber Line service. KPNQwest is the one of the largest business ISPs in Europe with operations in 15 countries. KPNQwest has twelve CyberCenters™ and has announced plans to build a further eighteen 10,000m2 CyberCenters across Europe, on its high-capacity fibre-optic network to provide web-hosting, application sharing and telehousing services. Website: www.kpnqwest.com
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