DENVER -- Qwest (Nasdaq: QWST) today announced the activation of the network segment between Kansas City and St. Louis. With the activation of this latest segment, Qwest now has more than 3,100 miles of its ultra high-capacity fiber network in service, extending from California to Missouri.

"Construction and activation of the Qwest Network is right on schedule and on budget," said Larry Seese, executive vice president of network engineering and operations at Qwest. "We are well on our way to deliver the most advanced and affordable data and voice communications services to businesses and consumers around the globe."

The Qwest Macro CapacitySM 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. This network architecture will virtually eliminate network downtime for Qwest's customers.


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 network will connect 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. 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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