DENVER, March 25, 2003 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has been awarded a contract extension to upgrade the backbone capacity of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), a network that Qwest has supported since December 1999. Qwest also will upgrade various ESnet connections to scientific and research facilities throughout the United States. Qwest will upgrade portions of the backbone to 10 Gigabits per second by offering QWave services, which are fully managed, all-optical, high-capacity, economical private line services.
?DOE's demand for bandwidth continues to double every year as remote scientific collaboration among ESnet researchers necessitates the delivery of more data than ever,? said Jim Leighton, ESnet project manager. ?Collaborative research increasingly relies on real-time sharing of high-bandwidth applications, and the network that supports these applications should never be the log jam for scientific advancement.
?We are thrilled to extend our relationship with the Energy Department and to ensure that the collection of top scientists and researchers connected to ESnet are never limited by bandwidth constraints, regardless of their needs,? said James F.X. Payne, senior vice president and general manager of Qwest?s government services division. ?ESnet is continually being upgraded to meet the ever-growing capacity needs of the research community. For example, in 2002 alone the backbone speed was upgraded three times and three-quarters of the access circuits were upgraded at least once. Qwest is there to make sure it?s an indispensable partner on this cutting-edge project.?
ESnet, which will have its entire backbone upgraded to OC-192 in 2005, is funded by DOE to provide advanced networking and communications support to the scientific research programs. Managed from DOE's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., ESnet operates a backbone network connecting more than 35 major research sites. Scientists using ESnet conduct research to explore new sources of energy, understand our genetic makeup, develop new materials, analyze global climate change and study fundamental scientific questions in physics, biology and chemistry.
Qwest is committed to advanced network initiatives, as evidenced by the following projects:
- Qwest provides the backbone for the Abilene Network, the primary Internet2 network that connects more than 200 colleges, universities and research organizations in all 50 states.
- Qwest is the network provider for the National Science Foundation?s Distributed Terascale Facility (DTF) Project, the most comprehensive computing infrastructure ever deployed for scientific research.
- In support of NASA?s Research and Engineering Network (NREN), Qwest provides access to its high-speed Internet backbone, direct broadband local access and comprehensive network operations support.
- Qwest is the primary provider of network services for the Advanced Technology Demonstration Network (ATDnet), an unclassified Department of Defense (DoD) research network used for development of next-generation communications technologies designed to help transform the way the DoD performs its mission.
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