Qwest Communications To Announce Fourth Quarter, 2000 Earnings Jan. 24

Denver, January 18, 2001 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that it will report fourth quarter and full year 2000 earnings before the stock market opens on Wednesday, January 24.

Qwest Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio and Robert S. Woodruff, Qwest executive vice president of finance and CFO, will discuss the results with the financial community at 10 a.m. (EST) Jan. 24. Persons interested in the event may listen via a Web broadcast at www.qwest.com.

On December 21, Qwest reconfirmed its revenue and EBITDA (earnings before revenue, interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) financial estimates for 2000 and 2001. Nacchio said Qwest expects to meet or exceed analysts' estimates for revenue, EBITDA and earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2000.

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® 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.

This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Qwest with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, volatility of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory, failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of Qwest and U S WEST. This release may include analysts' estimates and other information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no responsibility. Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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