Qwest Communications Awarded Contract Valued At More Than $100 Million From Cable & Wireless

Denver, January 18, 2001 — Qwest Communications International, Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it has signed a multiyear agreement valued at more than $100 million to provide network capacity to Cable & Wireless (NYSE: CWP), the global telecommunications group.

The U. S. coast-to-coast high-speed network capacity from Qwest enables Cable & Wireless to extend its existing infrastructure within the U. S. Cable & Wireless is a leading provider of global Internet Protocol and data services to business customers worldwide.

"We are delighted Cable and Wireless has selected Qwest - the premier broadband network in the U. S.- for their needs," said Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest Chairman and CEO.

"This new capacity from Qwest extends the already substantial network infrastructure Cable & Wireless offers to its business customers in the United States," said Mike McTighe, CEO Global Operations, Cable & Wireless. "Qwest is well respected around the globe for its network and customer service - it was a logical choice for meeting our needs for more bandwidth, quickly.

About Cable & Wireless
Cable & Wireless is a major global telecommunications business with revenue of over £9 billion (US$14 billion) in the year to 31 March 2000 and customers in 70 countries. Its operations around the world offer a full range of telecommunications services. Cable & Wireless' focus for future growth is on IP (internet protocol) and data services and solutions for business customers. It is developing advanced IP networks and value-added services in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region in support of this strategy. With the capability of its global IP infrastructure and its strength in key markets, Cable & Wireless holds a unique position in terms of global coverage and services to business customers. For more information about Cable & Wireless, go to www.cw.com.

Cable & Wireless and the Globe Device are registered trademarks of Cable and Wireless plc.

About Qwest
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.

This release may contain projections and other 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 Securities and Exchange Commission, 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, volatility of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory, failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of Qwest and U S WEST. This release may include analysts' estimates and other information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no responsibility. 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.

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