Denver, September 13, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced the opening of two new CyberCenterssm in Tampa, Fla., and Columbus, Ohio, providing customers with an industry-leading portfolio of complex Web hosting and managed applications services. With the addition of these two key hosting facilities, Qwest now operates a total of 11 CyberCenters in the U.S. The company plans to open three more by the end of this year, and an additional 10 by the end of 2001 for a total of 24 CyberCenters.
Qwest's aggressive build-out of CyberCenters will more than double the company's hosting capacity in the next year, enabling it to better meet the demand for end-to-end e-business solutions. The selection of Tampa and Columbus was driven by their emergence as leading high-tech cities and their proximity to Qwest's North American broadband Internet network.
"Tampa and Columbus businesses now can tap directly into Qwest's global hosting network, which offers guaranteed reliability through strict service level agreements," said Rick Weston, senior vice president of Qwest Internet solutions. "By leveraging direct, high-speed connections to the Qwest backbone, customers can access the fastest network-based applications management and Web hosting services available."
These secure centers deliver Qwest's array of application and hosting services – an overall market that analysts project will reach almost $20 billion by 2004. Qwest CyberCenters provide mission-critical Application Solutions Provider (ASP) services through Qwest Cyber.Solutions, the industry's largest ASP formed through a joint venture with KPMG.
To safeguard customers' data and applications, Qwest provides a maximum-security environment that includes a biometric security system for each area within the CyberCenter, 24x7 security guards, and padlocked cages where customers' equipment can be stored. The Columbus and Tampa CyberCenters will provide redundant Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, fire suppression systems, continuous power with uninterruptible power supply and diesel generator backup.
By the end of 2000, Qwest expects to operate 14 CyberCenters in the following cities: Atlanta; Burbank, Calif.; Columbus; Denver (two CyberCenters); Miami; Newark, N.J.; Weehawken, N.J.; Tampa; Sacramento; Seattle; Sterling, Va. (two CyberCenters); and Sunnyvale, Calif.
Through a $5 billion strategic alliance with IBM announced earlier this year, Qwest plans to open 28 additional CyberCenters over the next three years for a total of 42 CyberCenters. IBM is building the CyberCenters to Qwest's specifications – most built to a minimum of 100,000 square feet -- and will become an anchor tenant in each facility. IBM-built CyberCenters are currently planned in the following cities: Austin, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Yonkers, N.Y., Seattle, Sterling, Va., San Jose and Sunnyvale, Calif.
Qwest CyberCenters and IP network also provide a seamless link to KPNQwest's pan-European network and CyberCenter facilities. KPNQwest was formed last year 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 in excess of 100,000 square feet – the first of 18 European CyberCenters planned through an alliance with IBM.
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 104,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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