DENVER, February 25, 2002 ? While viewers watched athletes compete at world-class levels during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Qwest Communications International Inc.?s (NYSE: Q) wireless and data networks also performed at world-class levels, helping three billion people share the experience. Qwest?s Olympic telephone network successfully completed approximately 6.5 million calls, while Qwest?s wireless network completed approximately 10 million calls in Utah from Feb. 8-24. Qwest was praised by Olympic and broadcast executives for assuring both of its networks exceeded performance benchmarks established by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC).
?Qwest is extremely proud to say that our network performed even better than we had expected,? said Augie Cruciotti, Qwest?s executive vice president of local networks. ?The end of the Olympic Winter Games marked a culmination of effort by hundreds of dedicated Qwest employees, but at the same time, we?re pleased to announce that the state of Utah will have an excellent network to accommodate future growth.?
Qwest Wireless President Annette Jacobs said, "We are very pleased that the high-quality performance of our wireless network allowed visitors from around the world conduct business and contact their friends and family from Salt Lake City."
Qwest?s venue operations center served 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 Village and the Main Media Center. Qwest?s network supported all major sporting, cultural and business events during the Olympic Games.
Qwest?s network performance includes a caller's ability to make clear calls at any time ? without being blocked by a lack of network resources for available dial tone. For the duration of the Olympic Winter Games, Qwest had virtually zero percent blocked calls in Utah on both its telephone and wireless networks.
Here are what Qwest customers had to say about the company?s Olympic Winter Games? efforts.
- ?We expected Qwest to be flawless but invisible, so that people would experience the Olympic Games with the most immediacy,? said Mitt Romney, president and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. ?The intensive preparation they put in, and the network they built, were extraordinary. Qwest exceeded all of our expectations.?
- ?We are extremely pleased with the performance of Qwest?s broadcast services,? said Manolo Romero, president of International Sports Broadcasting, the host broadcasters for the Olympic Winter Games. ?Qwest has been great to work with and their advanced network helped us deliver the Olympic Games to the world in a very efficient manner.?
- ?Qwest provided NBC with excellent customer service throughout the Olympic Winter Games,? said Ken Fuller, director of transmissions and broadcast operations at NBC. ?Not only did the network perform extremely well, their attention to customer service and detail provided NBC with a level of comfort that was critical to support a production as large as ours.?
The 31,000 fiber-mile network was larger than the network at any previous Olympic Winter Games, and was capable of transporting 388 trillion bits of data per second, and could support 400,000 voice users at one time.
And while the capabilities weren?t necessary, the network featured 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. Qwest?s network did not have any fiber cuts during the Olympic Winter Games.
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