Denver, August 14, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, and ezTel Network Services, a leading provider of global communications services, today announced that Qwest was awarded a $96 million, four-year contract from ezTel for wholesale communications services.
Qwest will provide ezTel a suite of wholesale communications solutions including long distance, private line, Internet access, frame relay and ATM services. ezTel will leverage the strengths of the Qwest Macro Capacity™ Fiber Network to provide end users and communications companies with leading edge services and pricing.
"By contracting with Qwest, ezTel will provide its customers the benefits of Qwest's secure, fast and reliable fiber optic network to deliver increased efficiencies and other advanced communications services, said Gregory M. Casey, senior vice president of wholesale markets for Qwest Communications International Inc. "ezTel takes an aggressive, pro-active stance on the provisioning and implementation of its industry-leading communications services."
Patric Boggs, ezTel's President and CEO, when asked about the company and its goals stated, "This is not a destination, but rather a journey, a dynamic journey that will continue to develop and evolve, primarily through our relationship with Qwest, as well as other strategic alliances, partners and acquisitions."
ezTel is a "non-legacy," new generation communications company, marketing traditional telecom products, discount domestic and international long distance service, in addition to the newer "cyber" products now available, such as discount Internet dial-up, virtual office, and a virtual calling card platform. In addition, ezTel is currently provisioning its telecom traffic in excess of 92 percent.
ezTel bundles all of their services on one consolidated bill, packaged with aggressive pricing, and the highest quality customer service. ezTel gives the consumer the choice of a regular paper bill or our newest service, the E-bill, which is presented in a similar format, to your paper bill - only it is delivered electronically. Those consumers who select the E-bill option, will receive the fastest service, with the lowest pricing available.
ezTel's senior management team consisting of its Chairman James Palmer (formerly of SkyTel Paging) and its Vice Chairman Danny Dunnaway (one of the original investors in LDDS, predecessor to World Com) are fully supportive of the company’s strategic journey.
ezTel, through its strategic partnerships, marketing programs, carrier and internet agreements, is uniquely poised to capture significant market share, and at the same time, continue to refine the processes that are being implemented in order to maximize value. For additional information, please visit the ezTel web site at www.eztel.net.
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 104,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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