Qwest Communications Lights Network from Phoenix to Austin

DENVER - April 2, 1998 - Qwest, a multimedia communications company building the world?s most advanced fiber optic network, today announced the activation of the network segment from Phoenix to Austin. This activation will add more than 1,100 route miles, bringing the total to approximately 4,850 route miles and 232,800 fiber miles in service. The network now includes routes from California to Ohio, Dallas to Houston and major portions of the Southwestern United States. "We are proud to announce the activation of our network across the Southwest portion of the United States, and we anticipate additional key segments coming online by the end of April," said Larry Seese, executive vice president of network engineering and operations at Qwest. "Today?s lighting brings us one more step closer to our goal of completing the Qwest Macro CapacitySM Fiber Network."

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 on Form 10-Q, 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 complete the network on schedule, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.

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