DENVER, February 27, 2001 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced that it has recently signed multi-year agreements for approximately $100 million in revenue from virtual private network (VPN) services. Qwest was one of the first companies to offer global VPN services, which give businesses of all sizes the ability to connect remote offices and mobile employees securely through intranets and extranets.

In recent months, Qwest has reached VPN agreements with Global 1000 and nationally recognized corporations, including Petco Animal Supplies, Inc., RBC Dain Rauscher and Alliance Gaming Corp. - owner of Bally Gaming and Systems. Qwest's advanced VPN services have helped these, and other companies, implement a next-generation business communications network that enables them to protect corporate computing resources securely and reliably.

"Petco has more than 500 locations connected through a Qwest VPN solution," said John Shoemake, director of information services, Petco. "This large deployment gives us the ability to weave together the important pieces of our business, without the headaches of numerous networks and configurations. Qwest is clearly the market leader in VPN solutions."

In 1999, Qwest was the first company to introduce network-based VPN technology in the U.S., and has since strengthened its leadership position through its network-based VPN services in Europe. Today, Qwest offers a comprehensive suite of VPN services and is the largest provider of integrated solutions that span multiple VPN technologies. Qwest is poised for its upcoming network-based VPN introduction in Asia in the second quarter of 2002.

"Our comprehensive suite of Internet protocol-based VPN, firewall and managed security solutions enables Qwest to accommodate almost any business' wide area networking or security requirement," said Shaun Gilmore, Qwest executive vice president of global accounts. "Customers are particularly attracted to these solutions as they embrace next generation applications such as video and voice over Internet protocol. Qwest is the technical and market leader for VPN, supporting customers on five continents."

"Internet protocol VPN services are one bright spot despite the challenging telecommunications market," said Steve Harris, International Data Corp. senior analyst for network and VPN services. "Qwest's long presence with IP VPN services makes it one of the more experienced carriers in the U.S. marketplace."

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