Denver, April 28, 1999 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) today announced it will be the high-speed backbone provider for the 4CNet educational data network developed by the California State University and California Community Colleges systems. Under the $18 million five-year contract, Qwest will provide collocation within seven facilities and high-speed backbone capacity to over 150 locations throughout the 4CNet system, including connectivity to the Coalition for Education Network Initiatives in California?s (CENIC) CalREN-2 network and the Abilene Internet2 nationwide network.

The 4CNet network will allow users to work, research and learn more efficiently. For instance, students, faculty and staff will be able to search a large database of written materials or archived video without having to leave their computer. Using a district-wide intranet, staff or faculty can share information and collaborate with other campuses to easily and quickly accomplish research, teaching, learning or administration objectives.

"The educational community tends to be the first to adopt and implement advanced networking applications, and the 4CNet network is an example of the remarkable efforts taking place at universities in the development of state-of-the-art technologies" said Shaun Gilmore, Qwest?s senior vice president of national accounts. "Qwest is not only the backbone provider for 4CNet, but also for the Abilene nationwide Internet2 and CalREN-2 networks, proving that the Qwest network is the most capable of delivering the next generation of advanced Internet applications."

The California State University (CSU) system and the California Community Colleges came together to form the 4CNet network to provide students, faculty, and staff throughout the University system with the most advanced networking applications and services to advance their ability to learn, teach, and exchange ideas with others.

"4Cnet is a great example of the partnerships we are building with other organizations and the way we are using technology to maximize our resources for students and faculty" said Richard West, CSU executive vice chancellor and chief finance officer. "Projects like this will become more common in the future as we continue to provide both quality education and access to it for a growing number of students."

About Qwest
Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 9,000 employees working in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, will span more than 18,500 route miles in the United States when it is completed by mid-1999, and an additional 315-mile network route that will be completed by the end of the year. In addition, Qwest and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, have formed a venture to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 9,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has nearly completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.


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