DENVER, Mar. 2, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has developed an agent program for its wholesale channel, in addition to the company?s already robust Qwest Business Partner Program (QBPP). The wholesale agent program was developed strictly to uncover "new-to-Qwest" business opportunities with companies qualified to represent Qwest's wholesale products and services to their customers, which include telecom carriers, resellers and other service providers.

Historically, Qwest worked primarily with reseller partners that focused on retail business customers. But now Qwest has a program to incorporate wholesale opportunities as well.

"Because we are fully committed to the wholesale marketplace, it made sense for us to create a program to support important wholesale business opportunities via partners as well," said Derek Koecher, director, wholesale markets group for Qwest. "We've added the wholesale agent program to ensure that we could take advantage of every important customer that came our way - retail or wholesale."

Qwest has a partner program for virtually any type of partner who wishes to participate including:

  • Qwest Business Partner Program ? Qwest?s industry-leading partner program focused on enabling agents to provide their business customers with high-quality voice, data and IP services.
  • Qwest Wholesale Agent Program ? A new program designed to support agents interested in reselling Qwest?s wholesale services to qualified carrier customers.
  • Qwest Residential Referral Program ? A referral program where companies may submit commissionable referrals for Qwest residential services.

Companies interested in joining any of these programs can visit Qwest at the Channel Partners Conference and Expo at booth #609-611.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With nearly 40,000 employees, Qwest is committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.


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