DENVER - January 5, 1998 (Nasdaq: QWST) Qwest today announced it has reached an agreement to obtain, through an asset exchange, 288 miles of fiber-optic cable between New York and Boston. Consistent with Qwest's nationwide network architecture, the 288 miles of cable enables Qwest to maintain its 48 strands of non zero dispersion shifted, OC-192-capable fiber, encased in buried conduit. Plus, Qwest will have an additional 48 fibers for future use. This extends Qwest's reach to over 125 cities for a total of over 16,000 miles of network spanning the United States. The cities along this new segment of the Qwest network include Providence, RI; Greenhill, RI; New London, CT; New Haven, CT; Bridgeport, CT; and Stamford, CT.

"The Northeast corridor is an extremely important service area for Qwest, with its heavily populated cities requiring highly reliable, high-bandwidth voice and data communications services," said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest. "Through this asset exchange, Qwest has expanded its state-of-the-art network footprint, while maintaining its lowest cost position."

The Qwest Macro Capacity SM Fiber network is designed with a highly reliable and secure bi-directional, line switching OC-192 SONET ring architecture. Upon completion, the network will offer a self-healing system that adds even more security and reliability by allowing instantaneous rerouting in the event of a fiber cut. The new network segment between New York and Boston will offer the exact same architecture, enabling the closure of the loop between Albany, New York City and Boston.

About Qwest Qwest Communications International, Inc. (

Nasdaq: QWST

), is a multimedia communications company building a high-capacity, fiber optic network for the 21st century. Qwest's planned domestic 16,000 mile network will serve over 125 cities, which represent approximately 80 percent of the data and voice traffic originating in the United States, upon its completion in the second quarter of 1999. Currently , 3,350 miles are activated from Los Angeles to Indianapolis; and from Dallass to Houston. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998. With its cutting-edge technology, Qwest will deliver high-quality voice, data and video connectivity securely and reliably to businesses, consumers and other communications service providers.

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