TOKYO, JAPAN - April 16, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced the opening of its office in Tokyo to serve Japan businesses.

Under the leadership of Qwest Japan president, Kimiaki Ueno, the Tokyo-based team will focus on identifying strategic partners and opportunities for growth and delivery of next-generation Internet communications and applications services to Japan.

?We are pleased to have our Tokyo office in full operation as Qwest continues forward with plans to provide enterprises in Japan and the Asia Pacific region with a portfolio of best-in-class Internet and data services, as well as traditional telecommunications,? said Ueno. ?Our intention is to create high value for customers through better technology and lower cost structures than our competitors."

Qwest?s Asia Pacific expansion plan also includes an investment in the 13,000-mile undersea Japan-US Cable Network linking the United States to Japan and the Asia Pacific region. This bandwidth will enable businesses and consumers in Asia Pacific to be connected to Qwest's North America backbone network.

Qwest?s Tokyo office is located at Sumitomo Higashi-Shinbashi Bldg. No.4, 9-6 Shinbashi 6-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo 105-0004, Japan. Telephone: +81-3-5733-3370.

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