MIAMI, October 10, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, has opened a new office in Miami to better provide south Florida businesses with a choice in voice and data communications services. Companies of all sizes ? from small start-ups to Fortune 500 enterprises ? benefit from the variety of communications services provided by Qwest, including long-distance telephone service; high-speed and dedicated Internet access; Web hosting; and managed data services. The company initially has hired 13 sales professionals and plans to employ approximately 25 people by early next year.

Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Qwest is a multi-national enterprise. Its broadband data services stem from its industry-leading 113,000-mile Internet protocol (IP) broadband backbone, which provides customers with seamless global connectivity, access to Qwest?s 16 North American CyberCenters(sm), including the facilities in Miami and Tampa, and the company?s entire portfolio of broadband applications.

In Florida, Qwest already is providing communications services to several Fortune 500 companies, as well as small to medium-sized businesses. Qwest also serves Florida businesses from its offices located in Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando and Tampa.

?Miami is an important market for Qwest because the demand for data and voice communications services is exploding, and companies are seeking reliability, diversity and cyber security from their network service providers,? said Hector Grado, Qwest regional vice president of growth sales. ?Qwest?s stability and expertise makes it the best choice for businesses.?

The Qwest office in Miami is located at 355 Alhambra, Suite 1370, Coral Gables, Fla. 33134, and can be reached by calling 786-552-7119.

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® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 113,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at

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