Qwest Communications To Provide Direct Fiber Access To Its Global Broadband Internet Network At SC2000

DALLAS, November 1, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it is providing nearly 10 Gigabits-per-second of wide-area network capacity directly to the conference floor for SC2000, the high-performance networking and computing conference November 6 - 10 at the Dallas Convention Center.

Qwest and numerous exhibitors will showcase applications delivered via extremely high-bandwidth research networks that leverage the Qwest infrastructure, such as Internet2's Abilene, the Department of Energy's ESnet, DARPA's SuperNet and the Department of Defense's ATDnet. Qwest will demonstrate several innovative network applications: access to the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation's 180-Terabyte digital video database; the first demonstration of uncompressed High-Definition Television (HDTV) video conferencing; and video-on-demand applications created, stored and delivered by its Qwest Digital Media subsidiary.

"Qwest is pleased to provide high-speed fiber access to our leading broadband Internet network, making it possible for SC2000 exhibitors to simultaneously test-drive any bandwidth-intensive application they can imagine," said Augie Cruciotti, president of Qwest local broadband services. "Because Qwest's fiber installation is permanent, exhibitors at future events will also be able to leverage the advanced broadband capabilities of Qwest's backbone."

Qwest Local Broadband Services, which recently launched broadband access services in Dallas and three other Texas markets, is supplying direct, high-speed fiber access to Qwest's worldwide OC-192 (10Gbps) backbone. Qwest has installed a 96-fiber SONET ring – equivalent to more than 540 fiber miles – to the Dallas Convention Center, creating one of the largest amounts of bandwidth available for an event.

"We selected Qwest because they were the only provider that could deliver such enormous network capacity at both the local and global level," said Ron Melton, executive vice president-CFO for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Qwest's broadband infrastructure helps extend the Dallas Convention Center's leading edge in providing advanced connectivity services and we look forward to working with Qwest beyond SC2000."

Qwest provides fiber-based access for a number of nationwide networks, including three that are being used by numerous exhibitors at the SC2000 conference: OC-48c to the Abilene network; OC-12c to the Qwest ATM network for ESnet; and OC-48c to the Qwest IP network for SuperNet.

  • Qwest provides the fiber infrastructure for Abilene, the world's leading research and education network. Internet2's Abilene network connects more than 180 universities and research institutions nationwide.
  • The Department of Energy's ESnet, awarded to Qwest in December 1999, is well underway in transitioning to Qwest network services. Three of its five major hubs are connected to the Qwest ATM network and a majority of the new local access circuits are now complete. With new Qwest-owned fiber connections to six major DoE facilities nearly finished, Qwest will be the end-to-end provider for a large portion of ESnet traffic.
  • Qwest is a major supplier of fiber and facilities for SuperNet, the Defense Advance Research Project Agency's next generation Internet testbed. SuperNet is a cross-country network supporting research in all-optical networking and next generation applications. Additionally, Qwest provides IP PoS services to the High-Speed Connectivity Consortium (HSCC), which currently has four OC-48c connections.

"Qwest is proud to be able to support our key government and research customers at SC2000 with such enormous network capacity," said James F.X. Payne, senior vice president for Qwest's government systems division. "This demonstrates not only our commitment to bringing customers the best network technology, but our commitment to creating a true partnership with them."

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Qwest will demonstrate these network applications at its booth:

  • Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation will use the Qwest ATM network to provide preliminary demonstrations of access to the VHF 180-Terabyte digital video database containing interviews with survivors of the Holocaust. The database, located in California, will eventually be available for academic research and public access at locations throughout world.
  • ATDnet will demonstrate several multi-gigabit applications between Washington, D.C. and the Dallas Convention Center. This includes the first demonstration uncompressed HDTV video conferencing. The HDTV link also will be used to demonstrate streaming of HDTV media, including recorded ABC Network material and computer visualization. An OC-48c connection to the SGI booth will enable demonstration of the first extension of a Gigabyte Systems Network (GSN) high-performance computer interface outside of the computer room and beyond the normal 40-meter operating limit. This connection will allow rapid, interactive browsing of a multiple terabytes of HDTV files stored at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.
  • Qwest Digital Media – a subsidiary pioneering the storage, management and delivery of rich content over broadband networks – will demonstrate Web-based, video-on-demand applications for the medical and entertainment fields at rates up to 2Mbps. Qwest Digital Media offers digital content production, storage, and delivery services to customers in the sports, news, entertainment, government, and B2B markets.

Qwest will also highlight the capabilities of its CyberCentersm Web hosting facilities and Qwest Local Broadband services – both featuring direct, high-speed connections to Qwest's global broadband Internet network. Qwest operates a total of 14 CyberCenters nationwide and plans to open an additional 10 by the end of 2001. Qwest Local Broadband is building local fiber rings in 25 major metropolitan markets, totaling more than 375,000 local fiber miles when completed next year. Services deployed include DSL (Digital Subscriber Line) and direct fiber connections—delivering speeds from 256Kbps to OC-192.

Qwest is also a sponsor of the SC2000 Network Challenge, a contest among the best bandwidth-intensive applications that fully-utilize the show network.

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.

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