Denver, October 18, 1999 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it has been awarded a $72 million, four-year contract from Northwestern Digital, a leading provider of telecommunications products and services to businesses. Under the agreement, Qwest will provide Northwestern Digital a suite of wholesale communications solutions for Northwestern Digital to sell to its customers, including high-speed private line and domestic and international long distance services.

"Qwest shares Northwestern Digital's commitment to customer care, and by entering into this agreement, we are confident Northwestern Digital's customers will have access to the most reliable and advanced data and voice communications services available on the market today," said Gregory M. Casey, Qwest's senior vice president of wholesale markets. "With access to private line services at speeds of OC-3 and higher on the Qwest network, Northwestern Digital's customers can receive some of the highest transmission speeds available at very competitive prices."

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 8,500 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 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 will span 8,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico.

About Northwestern Digital Corporation
Since 1992, Northwestern Digital has been located in Englewood, Colorado, where it has become recognized as a leader in supplying state of the art telecommunications products and services. Northwestern Digital offers a broad portfolio of high quality services designed to meet the telecommunication needs of any size company while providing some of the most competitive rates in business.


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