Denver, May 10, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced it has won the prestigious Best of Show award in the WAN services category at the Network + Interop (N+I) tradeshow for its Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) services.

Qwest Gigabit Ethernet sets a new standard for Internet connectivity, with one of the most advanced networks available, best-in-class service level agreements, and some of the highest customer access speeds in the industry today. Ethernet is scalable and easily provisioned broadband data access and transport protocol that provides customers with virtually limitless bandwidth at a fraction of the cost. Customers only pay for the bandwidth they use and can increase or decrease their network capacity at any time. The new service alleviates the congestion found in typical metropolitan networks by providing broadband interconnections from the customer?s premise to the Qwest IP network.

DIA Ethernet service further extends Qwest?s comprehensive selection of Web-enabled applications and managed solutions such as Web hosting, storage, content distribution, applications, and VPN services. Customers can now access these services and applications through the ?pay-as-you-use? model.

?This prestigious award validates the strategic addition of Gigabit Ethernet to Qwest?s product and service set,? said Rick Weston, senior vice president for Qwest. ?Qwest is committed to delivering new and innovative ways for our customers to economically, efficiently and intelligently communicate with their customers, suppliers and other business partners over the Internet.?

In addition to the Best of Show for its Gigabit Ethernet services, Qwest was named a Best of Show finalist for its content delivery network suite, called Intelligent Content Environment, and its wireless voice-over-IP telephone application. In all, there were more than 300 entries vying for the esteemed Best of Show awards in 12 categories.

The N+I Best of Show awards are designed to help IT and network managers shorten the evaluation process in assessing new products. This year?s judges were from Network Computing and InternetWeek. The Best of Show awards program is one of the most visible and successful programs in the telecommunications industry.

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 106,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at

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