ST. LOUIS, Mo., March 19, 2009 - Graybar Electric Company, Inc. (Graybar), a leading distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply chain management and logistics services, is currently integrating its voice and data service using a high-speed wide-area network (WAN) designed by Qwest Communications International, Inc. (NYSE: Q).

Qwest's converged broadband network, with its underlying optical connectivity, provides Graybar with a fully redundant, self-healing voice and data platform to reliably transmit and retrieve business information.

"The need for extra bandwidth was the primary driver, but cost savings and service quality were certainly huge factors in our decision to seek a solution from Qwest," said Steven Becker, vice president and chief information officer for Graybar. "Qwest's network helps us streamline our communications, increase our productivity and enhance our service platform."

Graybar selected Qwest as its exclusive provider of data service and its primary provider of voice service. Qwest's customized all-in-one solution will deliver end-to-end connectivity among multiple Graybar locations through Qwest iQTM Networking service - a customized suite of scalable, managed and redundant high-speed network services that leverages a WAN solution based on Ethernet and Multi-protocol Label Switching (MPLS) technology to offer a converged networking service.

Qwest will also install dual entrance fiber rings directly into the company's corporate facilities. The fiber solution is designed to minimize network downtime and is ideally suited for handling Graybar's mission-critical data networking traffic. Qwest's network will also deliver voice service to more than 160 Graybar offices throughout the United States.

"By consolidating technology on a single managed platform, companies like Graybar can increase bandwidth and operational efficiency without substantial upfront investment," said Teresa Taylor, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group. "In today's challenging economy, customers are looking to Qwest's portfolio of solutions for exceptional service and value."

About Graybar

Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, communications and networking products, and specializes in related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of more than 240 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, serving as the vital link to hundreds of thousands of customers. For more information, visit or call 1-800-GRAYBAR.

About Qwest Business

Qwest Business is a choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a comprehensive portfolio of data and voice networking communications solutions to enterprises, government agencies and educational institutions of all sizes. The Qwest network covers the entire continental United States and has one of the largest fiber footprints in the U.S., capable of supporting 40Gbps data transmission rates. Go to to see why enterprises coast to coast rely on Qwest for first-class communications solutions and to learn more about Qwest's commitment to perfecting the customer experience.


About Qwest

Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest's industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class customer service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest offers  a new generation of fiber-optic high-speed Internet service, as well as digital home phoneVerizon Wireless, and DIRECTV services.  Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.
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