Denver, August 16, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced it has signed a new three-year agreement with Pennsylvania-based C&D Technologies, Inc., a leading North American producer and marketer of electrical power storage and conversion systems.

With Qwest(R) iQ Networking service, integrated management, remote access and dedicated local and long-distance services, C&D Technologies will be able to focus on its specific business needs and core competencies while Qwest manages and monitors the company's network. Additionally, Qwest will make it easier for C&D Technologies to manage its network by centralizing all of the company's voice and data applications as well as help the company to reduce costs, increase productivity and improve customer experience.

"Qwest is easy to do business with and a company that focuses on customers," said Mike Crowley, vice president and chief information officer, C&D Technologies. "We are confident that Qwest can effectively and efficiently manage our voice and data network while helping us to reduce information technology costs."

"Qwest will provide C&D Technologies with state-of-the-art voice and data solutions to 11 locations to better meet its business needs," said Tom Richards, executive vice president, Qwest business markets group. "C&D Technologies is a new customer, and we look forward to implementing the tools the company needs to continue to meet customer demands."

Qwest's iQ Networking service is a multi-protocol label switching (MPLS)-based wide-area network (WAN) platform for business customers worldwide. Qwest enterprise customers use the service as the underlying data infrastructure to connect all of their locations. Qwest iQ Networking focuses on solving business problems, reducing total cost and delivering an unparalleled customer service experience. And recently, Qwest announced iQ Networking can be offered with project management service to ensure smooth and successful network migrations.

Qwest Remote Access Service is a platform-independent remote access management system that provides customers with a powerful intranet portal. This helps organizations take control of their remote access virtual private networks (VPNs) for cost containment, ease-of-use and improving customer service. Remote access includes a feature-rich virtual assistant that enhances the customer's ability to manage a remote office and its end-users.

About C&D Technologies, Inc.
C&D Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: CHP) is a technology company that produces and markets systems for the conversion and storage of electrical power, including telecom/industrial batteries.

About Qwest
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