DENVER - June 16, 1998 - Qwest today announced the activation of the world?s first OC-192 four-fiber SONET (Synchronous Optical Network) ring on its nationwide Macro CapacitySM Fiber Network. The activation of the 63-mile route from San Jose to Oakland to San Francisco creates an alternate path for traffic between any two locations, ensuring 100 percent service survivability in the event of a fiber cut.

?The activation of the first SONET ring configuration on the Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber Network is a significant industry milestone, designating Qwest the first to deliver to customers the most reliable multimedia, data and voice services available today,? said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest. ?Qwest is rapidly moving towards completion of its second SONET ring - from Denver to Kansas City to Houston to El Paso - extending our unprecedented service reliability to a greater portion of the U.S.?


This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Qwest with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Form 10-Q, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, failure to complete the network on schedule, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.

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