Qwest Cyber.Solutions Is Awarded $22 Million Enterprise Asp Contract From Expanets

DENVER, March 1, 2001 ? Qwest Cyber.Solutions LLC (QCS), the largest enterprise Application Service Provider (ASP), today announced that has been awarded a $22 million, five-year contract from Expanets, the nation?s largest and fastest-growing provider of networked communications solutions to mid-sized businesses.

?With this big win, QCS has demonstrated again that we have the strength, backing, technology and credibility that attracts and assures large customers like Expanets,? said John Charters, president and CEO of Qwest Cyber.Solutions. ?Additionally, our focus on delivering top quality products and services for companies in the communications industry made us the compelling choice for Expanets.?

Expanets has experienced rapid growth in the last two years, fueled by the acquisition of more than 25 local communications and data networking companies and the Growing and Emerging Markets (GEM) Division of Lucent Technologies. As a result, the company required a scalable and robust system that would provide integrated customer relationship and financial application functionality. QCS brings Expanets a valuable solution that addresses the challenge of managing high growth while delivering customer satisfaction.

QCS Freedom for Hosted Applicationsä provides a scalable solution for Expanets? users of Oracle?s ERP applications and Siebel System?s CRM applications. Hosted in Qwest?s Denver CyberCenter, Expanets solution will run on QCS? reliable infrastructure called QCS Sentryä and will be backed by backed by QCS? Enhanced Response ProofPositiveä service level agreement.

?In order to maintain optimum productivity and quality levels for our clients in a fast-growth, high-demand environment such as ours, we require swift and efficient systems,? said Ernest DeNigris, Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technical Officer, Expanets. ?QCS? hosted solution incorporates our key business applications, enabling us to seamlessly connect our sales, service and marketing teams with our financial systems. As a result, we?ll have better informed sales and service associates, producing and supporting higher quality customer relationships to drive higher revenue and increased productivity.?

About Qwest Cyber.Solutions

Qwest Cyber.Solutions (QCS) is the industry?s largest enterprise applications service provider delivering business solutions through remote management and hosting of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business to Employee (B2E) applications. QCS? Enterprise Freedomä Suite of products offer fully managed, flexible, scalable and secure IT solutions that address both current and future business challenges, enabling customers to create strategic business advantage in today?s competitive digital economy. A limited liability corporation owned by Qwest Communications International Inc., QCS leverages Qwest?s state-of-the-art Internet protocol broadband network and CyberCenters. QCS? software applications portfolio includes Ariba, Captura, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and Siebel Systems.

About Expanets

Expanets is the nation?s largest provider of integrated networked communications solutions to businesses ranging from 20 to 500 employees, and is also strongly positioned to serve larger businesses and clients with multiple locations. Expanets, with more than $1.4 billion in annualized revenues and a nationwide base of 750,000 clients, is national in scope, yet provides service and solutions on a local basis through more than 200 offices located throughout the U.S., and more than 4,000 associates. Expanets has experienced rapid growth since March 1998, fueled by the acquisition of over 25 leading local, entrepreneurial communications and data networking companies, as well as Lucent Technology?s Growing and Emerging Markets (GEM) Division. Expanets is a strategic partner with a wide variety of ?best-in-class? manufacturers, including Lucent, Avaya, NEC, Mitel, Toshiba, Siemens, Tadiran, Nortel, Inter-Tel, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Cisco, Oracle, Sun and others. Expanets was founded in 1998 by NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE: NOR). More information about Expanets is available on the Internet at http://www.expanets.com.

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