DENVER, March 1, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it is now offering high-speed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet connections to businesses in the Boston metropolitan area.
Known as Qwest Integrated Business Solutions, these services provide business customers broadband Internet connections starting at 256 Kilobits per second. These high-speed connections give customers direct access to Qwest?s portfolio of broadband applications and services, including Web site design and hosting, and long-distance services. Qwest also offers customers a single point of contact for business-class customer care and one consolidated service bill.
Nearly 50 percent of all small businesses in the Boston metropolitan area have access to the services.
?Businesses in Boston now have a clear choice for their broadband Internet needs,? said Augie Cruciotti, Qwest?s executive vice president of local networks. ?They no longer have to settle for piecemeal solutions, cobbling together their DSL, Internet access and hosting services from different companies. By leveraging Qwest's broadband network and CyberCenter(sm) hosting facilities, we're able to offer the entire range of services and give our customers the convenience of working with one company.?
In the second quarter, Qwest plans to initiate service via a local fiber network in Boston that will provide customers with direct access to Qwest?s global broadband Internet network at speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second. Qwest currently provides local broadband access networks in 12 markets and business-class DSL services in 15 markets outside the 14-state region where Qwest provides local phone service. By the end of 2001, Qwest plans to have local networks operational and business-class DSL services available in 25 major metropolitan markets.
"With a number of regional DSL providers running into difficulties, the entry of a strong national provider like Qwest into the Boston market will enhance competition and givebusiness end users more choice when selecting a broadband service provider," said Matthew Davis, a senior analyst at The Yankee Group, a Boston-based market research firm.
For more information about Qwest?s Integrated Business Solutions, please visit www.qdslonline.com.
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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