Denver, February 14, 2001 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced its newest CyberCentersm Internet hosting facility, located in Dallas. With this opening, Qwest now operates a total of 15 U.S. CyberCenters, providing customers with complex Web hosting and managed applications services as well as high-speed links to Qwest's global broadband Internet network.
By outsourcing their Web hosting and application services, businesses can save up to six times the cost of building and hosting applications themselves, according to analysts. Offering services such as Qwest's e-Solutions, a suite of Web hosting, Application Service Provider (ASP) and professional consulting services, Qwest CyberCenters are ideal for businesses without the internal resources to deploy and manage e-commerce sites, complex web sites, enterprise applications, corporate messaging, data storage or other e-business initiatives.
The Dallas CyberCenter is the first facility built under a $5 billion strategic relationship with IBM announced last March. Under the agreement, IBM Global Services is building and providing operational support for 28 new Qwest CyberCenters over a three-year period. IBM is also an anchor tenant in the facilities they build.
"This new CyberCenter brings together IBM's information technology expertise with Qwest's leading broadband applications, services and network," said Rick Weston, Qwest's senior vice president of Internet solutions. "Qwest CyberCenters offer customers the most comprehensive and secure network-based applications management and Web-hosting services available, and dramatically reduces their cost and increases the efficiency of their e-businesses."
Businesses in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio can also exploit Qwest?s recently introduced local broadband access services. These high-speed technologies range from Qwest DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) Internet connections starting at 256Kbps to direct fiber connections at speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second. Qwest?s local broadband services give customers direct access to Qwest CyberCenters and their portfolio of broadband applications and services.
Qwest CyberCenters are staffed around-the-clock with technical experts who manage, maintain and support customers' data, equipment and connections to Qwest's high-performance network. The Dallas CyberCenter features redundant systems in all critical areas, including connections to the Qwest network. This system redundancy, coupled with process expertise, prevents downtime and ensures the customers? data is always available.
To safeguard customers' hosting operations, Qwest provides a maximum-security environment, including a biometric security system, video surveillance of all entrances and aisles, 24x7 security guards, and locked racks and cages where customer equipment can be stored. The Dallas CyberCenter also provides fully redundant heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, fire suppression systems, continuous power with an uninterrupted power supply and diesel generator backup. For example, the backup battery system alone would have enough capacity to power the entire city of Grapevine, Tex. for a total of 45 minutes.
"We're pleased that Qwest chose to locate its state-of-the-art hosting facility here in Grapevine, just outside of Dallas," said William D. Tate, the Mayor of Grapevine, Tex. "There are more than 600 companies in the Telecom Corridor(r) alone that can benefit from Qwest's CyberCenter and local broadband services."
Analysts project the application and hosting market will reach almost $42 billion by 2004. To meet continued demand, Qwest plans to open nine more CyberCenters this year for a total of 24 by the end of 2001. Through its strategic alliance with IBM announced last year, Qwest plans to open 28 CyberCenters over the next three years for a total of 42 U.S. facilities.
Qwest CyberCenters and IP network provide a seamless link to KPNQwest's pan-European network and CyberCenters. Formed in 1999 through a joint venture between Qwest and Dutch telecommunications company KPN, KPNQwest's network currently spans 4,000 miles and links 23 cities. When completed in 2001, the network will cover 12,400 miles and connect more than 50 cities. The company recently opened a Munich CyberCenter - the first of 18 European facilities planned through a KPNQwest alliance with IBM.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(r) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 104,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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