DENVER, January 20, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced its newest international voice offerings for business customers, which complement Qwest's existing international data and Internet protocol (IP) services. Together, these offerings create an entire array of global services to meet customers' communications needs. With Qwest's international offerings, businesses of all sizes can take advantage of an entire portfolio of services to communicate with their overseas offices or customers in hundreds of countries while still saving costs and benefiting from some of the telecommunications industry's highest quality services.
Qwest has several new international voice plans that provide businesses with clear, international direct-dial calls at rates unparalleled in the industry. Qwest made network enhancements to its global network infrastructure resulting in improvements of the quality of customers' international communications experience and better rates. Businesses can take advantage of these low rates simply by choosing Qwest as their long-distance provider. Qwest new international long-distance voice services include:
- Direct-dial switched and dedicated long-distance calls from the United States to approximately 400 destinations around the world. For some large customers, rates may be as low as $.025 per minute for some of the most popular calling destinations such as Canada and as low as $.10 per minute to Mexico.
- Qwest worldcard?, which offers international and domestic business travelers a cost-effective and convenient calling card to connect with their corporate offices back home or customers and suppliers abroad.
- International toll-free service that allows businesses to offer their customers a toll-free number from more than 50 countries. Businesses can chose to have different, localized toll-free numbers from different countries, or the same number.
In addition to its international voice services, Qwest offers an extensive selection of international data and IP services including:
- Asynchronous transfer mode
- Dedicated Internet access
- Frame relay
- Private line
- Virtual private network
To deliver these international data and IP services, Qwest works directly with industry-leading global and regional partners to provide coverage across the globe. This partnering strategy enables Qwest to offer customers a high quality, seamless, integrated international communications portfolio that addresses all their voice, data and IP needs.
?Many of our customers are conducting business globally and because of that, they require a communications provider that can offer international services that complement their domestic services,? said Cliff Holtz, executive vice president for Qwest business markets group. ?Through improvements to our network and operations as well as with new rate plans, Qwest's international voice services are second to none for quality connections, coverage and cost. Also, our vast network of global data and IP partners gives customers a seamless, end-to-end global solution, all through one provider and with one Qwest contact.?
To give businesses the best rates possible on all their communications, Qwest customers that bundle their communications services under a single Qwest agreement ? such as Qwest Long-Distance Advantage?, Qwest Voice Advantage? or Qwest Total Advantage? ? may receive volume discounts on almost all their services, with special promotions on international long-distance services.
?We have reduced rates, enhanced our service portfolios and improved operational excellence so that we are second to none in the entire communications industry,? continued Holtz. ?These actions prove Qwest's commitment to our customers and our drive to grow long-lasting and profitable relationships with businesses of all shapes and sizes.?
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 47,000 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.
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