DENVER, October 4, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today launched the newest addition to its voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) portfolio with OneFlex? Integrated Access. OneFlex Integrated Access enables business customers to bundle their voice and data services over one high-bandwidth Internet connection so they can simplify their communications. It also allows businesses to take advantage of the features and flexibility of VoIP.
OneFlex Integrated Access simplifies customers? ordering, billing, and customer care experience by giving them just one provider for their entire solution. The solution uses customers? existing telephony infrastructure, such as their PBX or key system equipment. Customers also benefit from flexible Qwest VoIP services which include a user-friendly Web portal that enables them to make changes and administer features for their voice services on the fly. Best of all, when no one is making a call, all of the bandwidth on their OneFlex Integrated Access connection is available for their business data needs, such as e-mail and other data applications. The allocation of bandwidth between voice and data is automatic, unlike older services that require a configuration change to allocate bandwidth between voice and data service.
With OneFlex Integrated Access, customers get one monthly rate for local and on-net voice services on up to 13 lines, and dedicated Internet access up to 1544 kilobits per second (equivalent to a T-1 line). Off-net long-distance calls are a low per-minute rate.
?Small businesses will find this service especially valuable because it?s so simple, which frees up their often-limited human and capital resources,? said Cliff Holtz, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. ?Today Qwest carries more than 1.8 billion minutes of VoIP traffic per month on our long-distance network. Our expertise in VoIP is unparalleled, and we continue to be a leader in delivering next-generation services such as OneFlex Integrated Access that help customers be more efficient.?
OneFlex Integrated Access is currently available in:
- Albuquerque, N.M.
- Billings, Mont.
- Bismarck, N.D.
- Boise, Idaho
- Casper, Wyo.
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Omaha, Neb.
- Portland, Ore.
- Salt Lake City
- Sioux Falls, S.D.
Qwest plans to offer it in the following markets by the end of 2004:
- Columbus, Ohio
- Los Angeles
- New York City
- Orange County, Calif.
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Jose, Calif.
- Washington, D.C.
OneFlex Integrated Access contributes to customers? Qwest Total Advantage plans, which aggregates customers? total spending on long-distance, local, data, IP and wireless services to give them volume discounts. The more customers spend under the plan, the more they can save on telecommunications costs.
Customers interested in learning more about Qwest OneFlex Integrated Access may contact 1-888-590-7725.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services. With more than 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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