DENVER, January 31, 2002 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced that its data network, capable of transporting 388 trillion bits of data per second, is ready to bring the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to the world. The 31,000 fiber-mile data network is larger than the network at any previous Olympic Winter Games and is capable of simultaneously transmitting approximately 11,000 photos of each of the 3,500 Olympic athletes and officials to friends and family - in one second.

Qwest is the official local telecommunications service, PCS, public pay telephone and yellow page directory provider of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Qwest's venue operations center will serve as the company's Olympic Games hub, connecting Qwest's state-of-the-art broadband network to all 10 competition venues, as well as non-competition venues such as the Olympic Games Village and the Main Media Center. Qwest's network will support all major sporting, cultural and business events during the Olympic Games.

"Qwest is proud and ready to showcase our network capabilities to the world," said Augie Cruciotti, Qwest's executive vice president of local networks. "Qwest is making the seemingly impossible possible for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Every single syllable of voice, every single word, every single picture will be transmitted over Qwest's high-speed broadband network."

The network features instantaneous restoration capabilities - meaning that if there is a cut in one of the cables, the network will automatically reroute in less than 50 milliseconds, faster than the blink of an eye.

Lucent Technologies, an Official Sponsor, is providing the optical networking and DSL (digital subscriber line) equipment that will allow Qwest to offer high-speed broadband services to the athletes, visitors, media and customers during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity(r) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.


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