DENVER, NOVEMBER 8, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has closed the first phase of the sale of its directory services, known as QwestDex, to an entity owned by the private equity firms of The Carlyle Group and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. The company received approximately $2.75 billion in cash at the closing. The first phase includes the directories operations and approximately 1,380 QwestDex employees supporting the states of Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota and South Dakota. Qwest plans to use a portion of the proceeds from this first stage of the sale to pay down its existing credit facility to $2.0 billion.

The purchaser of the business, known as Dex Media, Inc., will continue to run the operations of the directories in the seven related states. The current management team of QwestDex will become employees of Qwest and Dex Media so they can manage the remaining Western operations of QwestDex as well as those of Dex Media. Both companies will use the QwestDex brand name in their communications.

?We are pleased with the closing of the first phase of the QwestDex sale,? said Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest chairman and CEO. ?We look forward to working with our new partners at The Carlyle Group and Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. As we?ve said before, this is an important step to improve our balance sheet. I?d like to extend my personal thanks to our employees, partners and regulators who worked overtime to make this effort a success.?

Qwest remains on track to complete the second phase of the QwestDex sale, which is subject to customary closing conditions including applicable regulatory approvals, in 2003. The second phase, which includes the states of Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, is for $4.30 billion. Upon completion of the second stage of the QwestDex sale, Dex Media will manage all of the QwestDex directories and continue to provide world-class services to consumers and businesses.

?We?re pleased that our successful bank and bond financings enabled us to move forward with this first phase of the agreement,? said James A. Attwood, Jr., managing director, The Carlyle Group. ?We believe Dex Media will continue to operate successfully during this transition period and will continue to provide valuable services to advertisers and consumers.?

?We?re grateful to the many people who worked diligently to allow us to close this first stage of our transaction in a timely manner,? said Anthony J. deNicola, managing director, Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe. ?We?re confident that we?ll have the same success in 2003 for the second phase closing and that Dex Media will continue to provide outstanding service to advertisers and consumers in the 14 states in which it operates.?

O?Melveny & Myers LLP acted as legal advisor to Qwest and Lehman Brothers acted as financial advisor and delivered a fairness opinion to Qwest. In addition, Merrill Lynch delivered a fairness opinion to Qwest.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 53,000-plus employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.


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