Qwest Provides High-Speed Network for Major Research Institutions In Illinois

DENVER, October 21, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) today announced that Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy?s largest research centers, has deployed Qwest?s broadband fiber optic network for the Illinois Wired/Wireless Infrastructure for Research and Education (I-WIRE) project. The I-WIRE project provides ultra-high-speed interconnection to major research institutions and universities in Illinois.

Under the contract, Qwest provides backbone capacity, site construction, engineering services and dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment, which is designed to maximize the capacity of each fiber strand. The I-WIRE project, run out of Argonne, located 25 miles southwest of Chicago, connects eight campuses ? Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/NCSA, University of Illinois-Chicago, Northwestern University Chicago Campus, Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Chicago and STARLIGHT in Chicago.

?I-WIRE is just one more example of Qwest?s commitment to the supercomputing efforts of our government and educational research institutions,? said James F.X. Payne, senior vice president of Qwest?s government services division. ?I-WIRE set the pace for others to follow in taking control of their network destiny by owning their own metro fiber and managing their own equipment.?

The advanced optical network will accelerate research in collaborative and virtual environments. Through this network, people can work, study and create together as if they are in the same physical location. It will enable evaluation of advanced optical network architectures and technologies, providing a testing facility for next-generation ideas and applications.

One example of I-WIRE?s application is its use in the TeraGrid, a National Science Foundation project to build the world?s largest distributed terescale infrastructure for open science research. I-WIRE is providing critical connectivity between computational resources at Argonne and the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign with a capacity that is three times that of the current national backbone.

?Qwest?s long, successful history of providing services for numerous research facilities throughout the country was a major impetus in our vendor selection process,? said Linda Winkler of Argonne National Lab. ?The solutions provided by Qwest enabled I-WIRE to build a flexible, high-performance information infrastructure to meet the demanding requirements of the research and education community for network capacity.?

Other Qwest GSD federal scientific and R&D networks include:

  • ESnet, a high bandwidth network that links the nation?s top scientists, researchers and educators with the Department of Energy?s unparalleled research facilities.
  • Abilene, an Internet2 backbone that connects more than 202 universities and research institutions worldwide.
  • NREN (NASA?s Research and Engineering Network), a network that provides direct broadband local access and comprehensive network operations support.
  • TeraGrid (Distributed Terascale Facility project), an ultra-high-speed network that builds on the other research projects, including the Global Grid Forum, which envisions a platform for worldwide shared computing resources.

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 49,000 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 www.qwest.com.

About Argonne National Laboratory

The nation?s first national laboratory, Argonne National Laboratory conducts basic and applied scientific research across a wide spectrum of disciplines, ranging from high-energy physics to climatology and biotechnology. Since 1990, Argonne has worked with more than 600 companies and numerous federal agencies and other organizations to help advance America?s scientific leadership and prepare the nation for the future. Argonne is operated by the University of Chicago as part of the U.S. Department of Energy?s national laboratory system.

This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: unanticipated delays in completing the process of our restatement of historical financial statements and related audits; the duration and extent of the current economic downturn in our 14-state local service area, including its effect on our customers and suppliers; the effects of our anticipated restatement of historical financial statements including delays in or restrictions on our ability to access the capital markets or other adverse effects to our business and financial position; our substantial indebtedness, and our inability to complete any efforts to de-lever our balance sheet through asset sales or other transactions; any adverse outcome of the SEC's current investigation into our accounting policies, practices and procedures and certain transactions; any adverse outcome of the current investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office in Denver into certain matters relating to us; adverse results of increased review and scrutiny by Congress, regulatory authorities, media and others (including any internal analyses) of financial reporting issues and practices or otherwise; the failure of our chief executive and chief financial officers to provide certain certifications relating to certain public filings; delays in making required public filings with the SEC; rapid and significant changes in technology and markets; any adverse developments in commercial disputes or legal proceedings, including any adverse outcome of current or future legal proceedings related to matters that are the subject of governmental investigations, and, to the extent not covered by insurance, if any, our inability to satisfy any resulting obligations from funds available to us, if any; our future ability to provide interLATA services within our 14-state local service area; potential fluctuations in quarterly results; volatility of our stock price; intense competition in the markets in which we compete, including the likelihood of certain of our competitors emerging from bankruptcy court protection or otherwise reorganizing their capital structure and competing effectively against us; changes in demand for our products and services; dependence on new product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of contemplated levels; higher than anticipated employee levels, capital expenditures and operating expenses; adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment affecting our business; and changes in the outcome of future events from the assumed outcome included in our significant accounting policies.

The information contained in this release is a statement of Qwest's present intention, belief or expectation and is based upon, among other things, the existing regulatory environment, industry conditions, market conditions and prices, the economy in general and Qwest's assumptions. Qwest may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in Qwest's assumptions or otherwise. The cautionary statements contained or referred to in this release should be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Qwest or persons acting on its behalf may issue. This release may include analysts' estimates and other information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no responsibility.

Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

By including any information in this release, Qwest does not necessarily acknowledge that disclosure of such information is required by applicable law or that the information is material.

The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a service mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.

Contact Information
Investor Contact
Stephanie Comfort
Media Contact
Amy Dietrich
Outside Contacts:
Media Contact
Chris Valmassei
Twitter Facebook Linkedin Google+ Email