DENVER, April 7, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) today announced the launch of a new national advertising campaign and a customer education session for government customers in support of the company?s recently released product iQ Networking? ? a customer-oriented solution to wide area networking (WAN) services.
The iQ Networking advertising campaign, which began running recently in select federal and high-tech trade publications and online media, is based on the theme, ?Solutions That Are Out of the Box. Not Off the Shelf?.? The ads focus on the ?technology recommenders,? or those within businesses who decide how their company will integrate technology solutions. The campaign underscores Qwest employees? commitment to helping their customers in the decision-making process and providing expertise in building an iQ Networking solution.
Qwest?s Government Services Division (GSD) is helping customers in the federal government space understand how iQ Networking can expand and integrate their network components through a customer education session called, ?Intelligent Networking for the Federal Enterprise.? Richard E. Wiley, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and managing partner of Wiley Rein & Felding LLP, will provide the session?s keynote address. Other speakers include Qwest?s vice president of VoIP product management and director of WAN technologies; chief technology officers from both Qwest GSD and Juniper Networks; and executives representing Qwest?s GSD sales organization. The event takes place on April 14th. For more information, please call 1-866-354-3993.
?iQ Networking is about helping our customers leverage their existing technology investment while planning for future communications requirements,? said James F.X. Payne, senior vice president of Qwest?s government services division. ?Qwest is excited about our federal government customers learning more about iQ Networking through this customer education session.?
About iQ Networking?
Qwest iQ Networking is a unique and high-value approach to delivering WANs that help customers simplify their networks while still leveraging their existing technologies. The solution, launched in February, focuses on solving business problems for customers, reducing total cost and delivering an unparalleled service delivery experience. The Qwest iQ Networking solution provides feature-rich platforms built specifically for customers? business applications, such as voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and disaster recovery.
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 47,000 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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