Denver -- January 27, 1999 -- Qwest Communications International Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a $13 million, multi-year contract to be a national IP backbone provider for America Online. Under the terms of the contract, Qwest will provide America ty, private line and collocation services, providing additional bandwidth to allow AOL to bring its members ever-increasing amounts of information from the Web.

America Online will be deploying multiple high-speed connections from Qwest, ranging from Optical Carrier (OC)-3 to OC-48, in key cities throughout the United States. The Qwest backbone will insure that data and images will travel reliably and securely between the customers? computers and AOL?s servers located in Northern Virginia. The agreement also allows America Online to collocate equipment in Qwest facilities, including some of its 10 CyberCenters (tm).

"We are pleased to be working with the world's largest Internet online service provider to help in the execution of their network expansion plans," said Shaun Gilmore, Qwest senior vice president of national accounts. "The agreement with AOL clearly illustrates their continuing commitment to delivering the highest-quality performance for its members as well as Qwest's ability to deliver reliable, high-speed access to support Internet communications services. We selected Qwest as a national IP backbone provider because they understand the demands of Internet communications and their state-of-the-art network will enhance the Internet experience for our over 15 million members. We're confident that Qwest' of AOL and the Internet at large," said Joe Barrett, Vice President of Internet Operations for America Online. "AOL has the fastest Web download performance as measured by Inverse Technologies, and the addition of Qwest's services will allow AOL to further enhance our members' Web experience."

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 8,000 employees and 80 sales offices in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity (SM) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, will span more than 18,500 route miles in the United States when it is completed in mid-1999. Qwest also has a pan-European venture with KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, to build and operate a high-capacity fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that covers 2,100 miles and will span 9,100 miles when it is completed by 2002. Qwest also has nearly 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 satisfactory negotiation and execution of definitive

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