Networld+Interop Booth #4169
Las Vegas, May 10, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced Qwest Video Services for Business (QVSB™)—the industry's first fully-managed, national Internet Protocol (IP) -based video conferencing service. Leveraging Qwest's leading nationwide IP Network, QVSB is the first viable alternative to cumbersome and expensive private video networks, providing high-performance video services via a simple browser-based interface for a low monthly fee.
This next generation IP videoconferencing service offers a complete end-to-end solution in an easy-to-use package. QVSB's monthly fee includes all customer premise equipment, installation, monitoring, management and maintenance, plus local broadband access to Qwest's network. By providing dedicated access to the Qwest Internet backbone and ensuring network performance levels, QVSB can stream video with the same quality as broadcast and cable television.
"With the world's fastest, most secure and reliable network as our foundation, Qwest is now first-to-market with a managed, end-to-end Internet videoconferencing solution," said Lewis O. Wilks, Qwest's president of Internet and multimedia markets. "We've applied the simplicity, performance and quality associated with our broadband Internet applications and services to IP-based video communications. From integrated billing, to support and management, QVSB provides a service to our customers that is as easy to use as e-mail."
The overall videoconferencing market is projected to reach $2.1 billion by 2004, according to industry research firm IDC. In addition, sales of desktop conference call units are expected to jump to an estimated 430,000 by 2003, from 120,000 in 1999. In the same timeframe, sales of conference room units are expected to increase to an estimated 260,000 units, from 40,000 units.
"With the IP-based videoconferencing industry poised to grow at healthy rates over the next three years, an end-to-end solution like QVSB will be attractive to many potential customers," said Bob O'Donnell, research manager at IDC.
QVSB's initial offerings will provide businesses with two-way video conferencing, multi-party capabilities and the ability to incorporate legacy ISDN for external communications to those without an IP-based videoconferencing solution. Users of this service will benefit from increased collaboration, streamlined employee training and a more connected mobile workforce. In the future, Qwest has planned QVSB service enhancements to include multicast video broadcasting—one way, live video broadcast to multiple locations—and video-on-demand for storage and viewing of pre-recorded training, presentations and video files.
Pricing and Availability
QVSB will be available in June in both a desktop and conference room package. Site pricing is based on the number of endpoints and local monthly loop charge and can be as low as $380/month per desktop unit, and $962/month per conference room unit.
QVSB's monthly fee includes:
- Four hours of usage time per month
- Installation of customer premise equipment
- Local loop broadband access to Qwest's nationwide Internet network
- One-to-one and multi-party capabilities
- Industry-leading service level agreements
- Easy-to-use browser-based interface, document sharing and data collaboration
- Point-and-click calling and scheduling
- 24x7 network monitoring and maintenance
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 25,500 miles in North America. In addition, KPNQwest (Nasdaq: KQIP), Qwest's European joint venture with KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, is building and will operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet-based network that will span 11,800 miles when it is completed in 2001. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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 maintain rights of way, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment. This release may include analysts' estimates and other information prepared by third parties, for which Qwest assumes no responsibility. Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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