DENVER - February 2, 1998 (Nasdaq: QWST) Qwest, a multimedia communications company building the world's most advanced fiber optic network, today introduced its QwestLinked partner marketing program. The Qwesdvanced data, multimedia and voice services, and is synonymous with the attributes of the Qwest Macro Capacity fiber optic network: superior transmission speed, quality and reliability. World-class carriers, corporations and technology partners who choose the Qwest network for their data, multimedia and voice connections are all eligible to become QwestLinked and share the brand trademark.

"QwestLinked provides Qwest a way to share with its customers and partners the recognition that they are using the most technologically advanced network in the wio, president and CEO of Qwest. "Companies that become QwestLinked are endorsing their desire to use and sell the fastest, most reliable network in the world."

QwestLinked Program

To qualify to become QwestLinked, corporations, carriers and technology vendors participating in the QwestLinked co-marketing program must meet rigorous standards and criteria in areas such as customer support, performance, market reputation and financial standing.

The Qwest Macro CapacitySM Network 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 scheduled completion in the second quarter of 1999. Currently, 3,500 miles are activated from Los Angeles to Cincinnati; and from Dallas to Houston. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998.

The Qwest Macro Capacity 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 provides the ultimate security and reliability by allowing instantaneous rerouting in the event of a fiber cut.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NASDAQ:QWST) is a multimedia communications company building a high-capacity, fiber optic network for the 21st century. With its cutting-edge technology, Qwest will deliver high-quality data, video and voice connectivity securely and reliably to businesses, consumers and other communications service providers.

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.

QwestLinked is a trademark, and the Qwest logo is a registered trademark of Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.

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Diane Reberger
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