DENVER, June 18, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, announced today that it has extended its global network to more than 113,000 miles with 7,000-miles of routes through Asia and the Middle East, providing customers with seamless global connectivity on Qwest facilities. Qwest has been working on these expansion initiatives for the past fifteen months, and acquired these new routes through transactions with other carriers, taking advantage of favorable pricing for existing assets available in the marketplace.

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The company?s global Internet backbone circumnavigates the globe and delivers a complete portfolio of applications and services on a network completely owned and operated by Qwest. Customers benefit from Qwest?s ability to deliver speed, reliability and scalability on a worldwide basis, meeting the needs of growing businesses. By taking advantage of the latest optical network and transmission technologies, Qwest will continue to add broadband capacity on its worldwide infrastructure. In fact, Qwest has activated more than 100 million miles of lit Digital Service Level-3 (DS-3) all-optical capacity throughout North America.

?We continue to see our customers expressing the need for global networking capabilities,? said Joseph P. Nacchio, chairman and CEO of Qwest. ?Customers want a single carrier to deliver seamless broadband Internet services and applications completely around the globe. We expect this demand to continue to grow throughout 2001 and beyond.?

Qwest?s global network continues to lead the industry in performance and reliability, which was recently recognized by industry and trade publications. Interactive Week Magazine and InfoWorld Magazine?s readers honored Qwest for its network services, Web hosting and Applications Service Provider (ASP) businesses. Qwest?s Gigabit Ethernet services were also awarded the prestigious Best in Show honor at Networld + Interop in May.

With this expansion, the Qwest global network now reaches more than 113,000 miles, connecting six continents. Leveraging industry leading reliability, packet loss and latency rates, Qwest is developing next generation applications and services delivered over its IP backbone.

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 113,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at

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