PORTLAND, Ore., November 28, 2001 - Qwest CommunicationsInternational Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company,announced today that it has been awarded a $60 million, four-yearcommunications-services contract with the State of Oregon.
This new agreement was awarded for a variety of communicationsservices - video, voice and data - that will be used by state, countyand city governments, as well as K-12 schools and state-fundeduniversities. Qwest will be the primary data-networking provider formore than 5,000 locations around the state.
"Qwest continues to win contracts from federal, state and localgovernment agencies because these institutions realize the value ofQwest's network reliability and performance," said Joel Arnold,executive vice president of global business markets for Qwest. "Themajority of public-sector organizations that sign agreements with Qwestultimately purchase additional services from Qwest because we exceedtheir expectations in the delivery and performance of the originalsolution."
Qwest currently is executing on a wide variety of communicationsservices contracts with state and local governments as well as collegesand universities across the United States. For example, Qwest wasselected to enable high-speed access to Arizona's 228 public schooldistricts; build a digital voice, video and data network to providehigh-speed links to state offices and schools in all 64 Coloradocounties; and supply high-speed Internet access to public schoolsthroughout South Dakota and New Mexico. Qwest also is providing avariety of statewide network services in Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania,Indiana and Tennessee.
Qwest also recently announced that it is providing the world's mostpowerful fiber-optic network with capacity of 40 gigabits per second -capable of transferring the entire contents of the public Internetwithin two hours - for the National Science Foundation DistributedTerascale Facility program. The Qwest-built network will allow some ofthe world's most prestigious researchers to share information and try tosolve complex scientific problems such as life-threatening illnesses andglobal warming.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader inreliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and imagecommunications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity®Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment forspeed and efficiency, spans more than 190,000 miles globally. For moreinformation, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
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