Denver, February 22, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced it will provide network services to the Phoenix Arena Development Limited Partnership, the organization that manages Bank One Ballpark and America West Arena, among other city attractions. In a separate agreement, Qwest will be provisioning bandwidth for the Arizona Department of Economic Security. Combined, the deals are worth $12.4 million.
The Phoenix Arena Development Limited Partnership will use one of Qwest?s OC-12 self-healing network services (SHNS) rings to support the properties it manages. The organization cited two compelling reasons for choosing the OC-12: its speed and redundancy. Data travels over an OC-12 at a rate of 622 million bits per second, which is more than 970 times faster than a standard digital subscriber line (DSL) connection. And since Qwest?s OC-12 is self-healing and fully redundant, all Phoenix Arena Development Limited Partnership properties are protected from network downtime.
The Partnership also was impressed with Qwest?s ability to increase its bandwidth capacity in less than a week, rather than the typical 90-day installation window. For example, Bank One Ballpark may need additional bandwidth to support the swell of communication needs for Major League Baseball and the media during a playoff series. Now these services can be up and running in four to five days.
?Phoenix is a booming city, and large facilities like the Bank One Ballpark and America West Arena need networks that can grow with them as sports and events continue to play an important role in everyone?s lives,? said Tom Hall, senior vice president of alternate channels and government markets for Qwest. ?The facilities have the flexibility to expand their network capacity to meet increasing demand and offer unique communications services to media, businesses and consumers that make these venues among the most advanced entertainment facilities in the country.?
Initially, voice and data services such as voicemail, e-mail and ISDN connections will run over the OC-12 for the two sporting arenas. The Phoenix Arena Development Limited Partnership also has plans to open a theater in 2002 and an entertainment complex in the near future. These new attractions will be supported by the OC-12, as the bandwidth will be divided among the sites.
For the Arizona Department of Economic Security, Qwest is providing frame relay and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) services for its 380 statewide office locations and will deliver services to 39 rural communities over the next year as part of Arizona?s push to build-out broadband telecommunications to rural areas statewide.
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