Denver, December 20, 2006 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced it has signed a two-year voice and data networking agreement with the Salt Lake City-based Newspaper Agency Corporation, the printing arm for the Deseret Morning News and The Salt Lake Tribune newspapers. The Newspaper Agency manages the printing, circulation and business functions of the two editorially independent local newspapers.
Qwest will provide the Newspaper Agency with long-distance services and Qwest metro optical Ethernet, Qwest's Ethernet Local Access (ELA) solution. With these services, Qwest will provide a high-speed connection to the Deseret Morning News, the Newspaper Agency and The Salt Lake Tribune using Qwest's reliable network to transfer large amounts of complex data between the locations. Because of the flexibility and scalability of Qwest's services, the Newspaper Agency can use only the amount of bandwidth it needs at a certain time.
"The Newspaper Agency is a longtime Qwest customer, and transitioning to an Ethernet solution, such as Qwest metro optical Ethernet, will allow the company to better serve customers," said Tom Richards, executive vice president, Qwest business markets group. "Increased bandwidth and improved Internet access will allow the Agency to become more interactive and more effectively communicate with the Deseret Morning News and The Salt Lake Tribune as well as with its customers."
Qwest metro optical Ethernet service combines the power of Ethernet and optical technologies across MANs to provide low-cost, scalable and secure bandwidth. Metro optical Ethernet provides local area network (LAN)-to-LAN connectivity between two or more customer locations within a metro area, and is suitable for data applications that include data file transfer, Internet access, off-site data storage and access to hosting.
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