Denver -- March 4, 1998 (Nasdaq: QWST) Qwest today announced the activation of the network segment between Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio. With this activation, Qwest now has nearly 3,750 route miles of its Macro CapacitySM fiber network in service, extending from Los Angeles, California through Ohio and has approximately 180,000 fiber miles installed and operational.

"Qwest continues on schedule the delivery and deployment of its Macro Capacity fiber network - the world's highest capacity, most advanced and affordable data, multimedia and voice communications network in the world," said Larry Seese, executive vice president of network engineering and operations at Qwest.

 


The Qwest Macro CapacitySM Network Qwest's planned domestic 16,285 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, nearly 3,750 miles are activated from Los Angeles to Cleveland; 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 resulments 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.

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