DENVER, August 5, 1999 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it has appointed two top-level executives to provide leadership for local access and international operations. With more than 30 years of combined experience in the local communications arena with Pacific Bell and SBC Communications Inc., Augustine (Augie) M. Cruciotti and Dominic A. Gomez will join the Qwest executive team to assist in the execution of its plans to drive the convergence of data, image and voice services on a worldwide, end-to-end basis.

Cruciotti will serve as a Qwest senior vice president and will head Qwest's new local access division called Qwestlink. This new division will be responsible for Qwest's local market expansion throughout the U. S., including the 25 cities recently announced with the merger agreement with U S WEST. This group is creating a local access network for Qwest's customers as well as other communications companies by constructing or swapping fiber facilities in key markets. Previously, Cruciotti was SBC's vice president of service operations for Southern California and directed the company's rollout of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) service.

Gomez will serve as a Qwest senior vice president and will focus on the creation and implementation of a plan to accelerate the use of the company's recently completed 1,400-mile high-speed, fiber-optic Internet protocol network in Mexico and penetration into other parts of Latin America. As vice president of signature accounts for SBC, Gomez directed the company's Commercial Markets unit and focused on the company's communications transport business.

"Augie and Dominic's broad experience and focus on results in the local service arena will certainly help us as Qwest expands its delivery of broadband applications and services to customers on a worldwide, end-to-end basis," said Afshin Mohebbi, Qwest's president and chief operating officer.

Cruciotti has more than 13 years of experience in the telecommunications field and has been with Pacific Bell, which is now owned by SBC, throughout his career. He holds MBA and BS degrees from the University of Southern California and a BA degree from Claremont McKenna College.

Gomez has more than 22 years of telecommunications experience with Pacific Bell and AT&T. He holds a PMD degree from Harvard's Graduate School of Business and a BS degree from the University of Southern California.

Both executives will be located in the company's Denver headquarters and report to Mohebbi.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 9,000 employees working in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, spans more than 18,500 route miles in the United States, with an additional 315-mile network route to be completed by the end of the year. In addition, Qwest and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, have formed a venture to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 8,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico.


This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Qwest with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, failure to complete the network on schedule and on budget, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks, Qwest's ability to achieve Year 2000 compliance, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment, and failure to complete the merger with U S WEST timely or at all. Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.



Contact Information

Qwest Media Contact


Christy Weiner


(303) 992-6533


christy.weiner@qwest.com