DENVER, May 15, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced new e-business services in Chicago ? high-speed Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet connections, local fiber connectivity, and Qwest?s 16th North American CyberCenterSM. The services will provide Chicago?s companies with e-business and Internet connectivity solutions.

Many small businesses in Chicago that currently use traditional 56k modem dial-up connections now have access to Qwest DSL services starting at 256 Kilobits per second and extending to 1,000 Kilobits (one Megabit) per second. Qwest DSL services are capable of reaching more than 50 percent of all small businesses throughout Chicago and are complemented by Qwest?s high-speed local fiber networks, which access Qwest?s global Internet backbone - the industry?s most advanced all-fiber network, spanning more than 106,000 miles.

Customers can also take advantage of the Qwest?s newest CyberCenter, opening in Chicago today. Qwest?s 16 state-of-the-art CyberCenters are a cost-effective way for businesses with limited internal resources to deploy and manage e-commerce sites, complex Web sites, enterprise applications, corporate messaging, data storage or other e-business initiatives.

?Chicago businesses of all sizes will benefit from Qwest?s line of services because we have such a broad range of offerings,? said Rick Weston, senior vice president, Qwest Internet Solutions. ?Whether a company needs high-speed Internet access directly to the building, expertise in managing an e-commerce site or Internet bandwidth to accommodate multi-media data, Qwest has the solution. We also plan to grow that portfolio to offer Chicago businesses the latest technologies, such as Gigabit ethernet services.?

Qwest?s Chicago CyberCenter is a 125,000-square-foot Internet hosting facility that provides companies with complex Web hosting and managed services, as well as high-speed links to Qwest's global broadband Internet network.

By outsourcing Web hosting and application services, businesses can save up to six times the cost of building and hosting applications themselves, according to analysts. Managed services include Qwest e-Solutions(sm) ?a suite of Web hosting, Application Service Provider (ASP) and professional consulting services. Qwest also has international Web hosting capabilities through its joint venture with KPNQwest with CyberCenters located throughout Europe.

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 106,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at

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The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a service mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.

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