DENVER, December 16, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced enhancements to its award-winning Web hosting services that will help businesses better recover from disasters and other disruptions that can impact their operations.

Qwest?s new disaster recovery solutions provide customers with flexible data recovery options that help companies restore its data in a manner tailored to their business objectives. Qwest is also offering business continuity planning services to ensure their business are safe in the event of a disaster. These new services complement Qwest?s existing managed hosting services which give customers the flexibility to tailor their Web hosting services to meet their specific business needs. Moreover, the new offerings align with current market demands and customer needs.

?Businesses are now seeking flexible disaster recovery and business continuity solutions that will allow them to get up and running in the most efficient way possible in the event of a disaster,? said Mark Vanston of the META Group, a leading industry analyst firm.

Qwest?s expanded the data recovery options to give customers greater flexibility in recovering their data in the event of a disaster and offers end-to-end business resumption options ranging from simple infrastructure restoration to application recovery and restoration. In addition, Qwest?s disaster recovery solutions now offer:

  • Flexible and mobile disaster recovery locations: Data recovery can now be executed from the customer premise, a Qwest CyberCenter or an alternate location giving businesses greater flexibility to tailor a recovery location and time suited for their business needs.
  • Quick-ship delivery of disaster recovery equipment: Qwest can deliver full-functioning data centers anywhere in the United States within 24 hours providing businesses with swift recovery options sent directly to their door.

According to a 2002, Faulkner Information Services study, two out of every five enterprises that experience a disaster will go out of business within five years. Qwest?s new business continuity consulting services help customers develop and implement suitable disaster recovery plans to ensure the survival of their business. The business continuity planning services include:

  • Business continuity planning: Gives customers insight into how a disaster can impact their company and helps them develop plans to ensure business operations can continue to run smoothly and its data is secure in the event of a disaster.
  • Crisis management planning: Designs procedures that deal with emergency situations affecting the entire organization.
  • Executive emergency response plans: Establishes communication and execution strategies for executives in the event of an emergency.
  • Audit and assessment service: Reviews and inspects existing business continuity plans.
  • Maintenance planning: Ensures business continuity plans are up-to-date.

?Qwest worked hard to provide us with an effective, information-technology disaster recovery plan which gives us the peace of mind and know-how to run our business in a disaster and ensure that our data is secure,? said Becky Autry, managing director of information technologies, of the United States Olympic Committee. ?We are pleased with Qwest?s on-going commitment to ensuring that we have the technical support and quality of service we need to help us operate our business effectively if we are faced with a disaster.?

?The hosting service enhancements provide our customers with more than just communication hardware, but rather a complete service package that will help them meet their business objectives ? said Pat Engels, executive vice president of Qwest?s product and pricing group. ?After listening to our customers and responding to market demands, Qwest?s new disaster recovery solutions give businesses a flexible disaster recovery solution tailored for their business needs.?

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 47,000 employees are 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

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