Denver, February 21, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International, Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced its Apptimum? operations platform, which enables traditional software developers to quickly and affordably transition an existing application into a service available over the Internet. Based on the Microsoft.NET platform and leveraging Qwest?s industry-leading broadband network and Application Infrastructure Provider (AIP) expertise, Apptimum gives software developers the technical, marketing and indirect sales infrastructure they need to increase their focus on customer support and development of value-added services. The offering is targeted to developers of solutions for vertical markets, such as the legal, finance and healthcare industries.

Software developers can reduce time-to-market, limit costs and improve customer service by using the application-hosting business model, according to industry analysts. Qwest?s Apptimum platform provides developers that base their applications on Microsoft platforms with the technology and expertise required for hosted and managed solutions. Apptimum is part of the Qwest e-Solutions offering designed to lower the barrier to entry for companies wanting to begin or enhance their Internet presence through Qwest?s hosting and managed services. These include Qwest?s CyberCenter(sm) Internet hosting, e-commerce and messaging services, application testing and optimization labs, and productivity and collaboration expertise.

Qwest will also provide developers with access to a new marketing and indirect sales channel through the Qwest Business Partner Program (QBPP). These certified business partners will promote Apptimum applications and help uncover additional revenue streams from combined application offerings, consulting and systems integration services. Qwest also provides partners with a variety of business support services including order entry, billing, provisioning and customer care.

?Apptimum is ideal for companies with an immediate need for ASP enabling technology to quickly and reliably begin hosting their software applications over Qwest?s Internet Protocol network,? said Chris Coles, Qwest?s executive vice president and chief operating officer of Internet solutions. ?Our work with Microsoft has been integral in developing the Apptimum platform. The Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers are ideally suited for Apptimum, providing unparalleled agility in terms of implementing Microsoft-based application software as a service.?

"Qwest's Apptimum technology makes it one of the few providers that truly help software companies transition from a shrink-wrapped world to an application services world," said Alan Mitchell, General Manager, Network Service Providers Division, Microsoft Corp. "Qwest's innovative business model, represented by the Apptimum portal, aggregates these application services and empowers Microsoft Certified Providers under the QBPP program to be a channel sales force of value-added providers."

The Apptimum Platform and Program

The first application available under the Apptimum program is Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 ? an outsourced corporate messaging solution based on Microsoft Exchange 2000. Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 combines world-class hosting capabilities with enhanced features to offer customers a cost-effective, highly efficient service for messaging and collaboration. The end-to-end services include server software and hardware, advanced hosting in Qwest?s CyberCenters and monitoring and maintenance by Qwest?s Microsoft-certified engineers. Qwest Managed Exchange 2000 is available for a one-time setup fee starting at $15 for installation and configuration and a monthly fee that starts at $25.

Software developers interested in joining the Apptimum program can call 1-800-RIDE-QWEST or go to www.apptimum.qwest.com to learn more about the tools and services Qwest provides to get their applications up and running in the Apptimum environment.

Qwest also provides direct enterprise ASP services - such as Enterprise Resource Planning, Customer Relationship Management and B2B application solutions ? for large companies through Qwest Cyber.Solutions LLC. For more information about QCS, please access www.qwestcybersolutions.com.

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.


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