DENVER, November 9, 2005 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced a new five-year agreement for voice and data services with Arizona-based Russ Lyon Realty Company. According to the new contract, worth more than $700,000, Qwest will provide metro optical Ethernet, dedicated and switched long-distance and high-speed DS-3 Internet services for 12 locations in Arizona.
Russ Lyon Realty Company's new voice and data networking system will enable the company's agents to receive faxes via e-mail, as well as the ability to have e-mails automatically read over the phone from any office location. The voicemail system will include and update all information, such as speed dials and messages in real time, which will allow the company to save over $3,000 per month in overall telecommunications costs.
"Qwest is our preferred network provider because they have helped us keep up with the growing demand of our customers," said Mike Messenger, president of Russ Lyon Realty Company. "As our firm continues to expand throughout the Arizona region, our agents will benefit significantly from Qwest's enhanced voice and data services with the ability to work even more efficiently from any of our office locations."
"Qwest has had a long-standing relationship with Russ Lyon Realty Company, so we are pleased to further extend our partnership and continue to serve the company's various locations in Arizona," said Tom Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. "In particular, Qwest's metro optical Ethernet and DS-3 high-speed end-to-end digital transmission services will empower Russ Lyon Realty Company to gain significant cost savings, as well as maintain a competitive advantage in the constantly growing real estate market."
In 1947, Russ Lyon Realty Company was founded in Phoenix by Russell Lyon Sr. The company has evolved into a state-wide professional real estate company operating ten offices in the Valley as well as five independently owned and operated franchises in Prescott, Sedona and Flagstaff, with total company revenues exceeding $1.9 billion. Today, more than 650 licensed sales associates provide real estate transactional services to more than 4,000 clients.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With approximately 40,000 employees, Qwest is 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.