DENVER, May 20, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) has been awarded a long-term contract to provide a global fiber-optic broadband network for MSN Broadband Internet Access. Building upon the companies? strategic relationship that began in 1998, MSN will use the Qwest network to carry a portion of the Internet traffic of its growing DSL customer base in the United States.
Through this agreement, MSN becomes the first nationwide user of Qwest?s new Broadband Access Aggregation Service(sm) (BAAS), which consolidates customers? Internet traffic from various DSL providers across the U.S. onto Qwest?s best-in-class broadband network. BAAS enables MSN to deliver its MSN Broadband Internet Access service nationwide.
?Our ongoing relationship with Qwest has been successful, and together we have empowered consumers to experience the best of the Internet,? said Ted Kummert, vice president, MSN. ?This extended relationship will enable us to deliver MSN Broadband nationwide to over 40 million households via Qwest?s broadband network.?
?The bandwidth aggregation service drives additional traffic onto the Qwest broadband network, and enables Microsoft to continue to expand the availability of its popular MSN Broadband Internet Access services,? said Shaun Gilmore, Qwest executive vice president of global accounts. ?Since 1998, Qwest and Microsoft have worked together to provide industry-leading services to our customers. This is a natural extension of our ongoing relationship.?
Qwest and Microsoft formed a strategic relationship in late 1998 to provide Web-based solutions for business customers. Since then, the companies have worked together to provide Web hosting, managed software services, virtual private network and streaming media capability. In 2001, the companies formed an additional agreement, combining premium MSN Internet Access, content and services, with Qwest?s broadband network services to more than 12 million consumers in Qwest?s 14-state local service area.
For more information on Qwest?s BAAS solutions, please visit www.qwest.com.
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