DENVER ? September 22, 1998 ? Qwest Communications (NASDAQ:QWST) today announced its subsidiary, EUnet International B.V., has launched EUnet Multimedia Network Services (EMNS) ? the first pan-European Internet broadcasting network. Through the new EMNS offerings, EUnetLive and EUnetOnDemand, corporate customers in Europe can now broadcast video, data and voice to a global audience with unprecedented quality of service. EMNS takes advantage of EUnet?s European data network ? the largest in Europe ? to transcend traditional broadcasting limitations, distributing live or archived multimedia material to eight servers located across Europe.
Designed for corporate customers, EMNS dramatically improves internal communications by speeding video, animation and static images to desktops around the world. The quality and reliability of the transmission is greatly improved since users of EUnetLive and EUnetOnDemand access multimedia information on designated local servers, rather than from one central server. This reduces the distance between the end user and the information source, and alleviates congested international Internet connections. EMNS has been tested successfully across Europe with broadcasts from, among others, the MIR space station.
This announcement comes one week after Qwest announced the world?s first commercially available nationwide OC-48 IP network, offering some of the industries? most aggressive service level agreements including 100 percent network availability.
"The launch of EUnet Multimedia Network Services combined with the deployment of our nationwide OC-48 IP network allows Qwest to offer large and multinational corporations the most comprehensive, reliable data and Internet services available in the U.S. and Europe," said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest. "Qwest continues to aggressively deploy the latest technologies to provide corporate customers with the necessary tools to communicate with the world in images, real-time video, data and voice."
"This announcement points the way towards the necessary re-engineering of the Internet by Internet service providers (ISPs), who are faced with limited bandwidth and massively increasing multimedia traffic," said Johan Helsingius, EUnet International?s director of marketing and product development. "EMNS has only been made possible by the breadth of our network," he added. "No other service provider can currently offer such a pan-European service because there is no other network of comparable reach."
Qwest OC-48 IP Network Deployment in the U.S.
On September 14, 1998, Qwest Communications announced several initiatives designed to accelerate its leadership in the developing world of broadband multimedia applications. In addition to the OC-48 IP network announcement, the company stated that Rudin Management Company, Inc. will become the first customer to take advantage of the live OC-48 architecture on the Qwest IP backbone. The agreement signifies one of the largest IP agreements to date to deliver Web-enabled applications to businesses that want to leverage the power of the Internet for competitive business advantage and network cost savings.
In addition, Qwest announced new IP services including high-speed dedicated Internet access with speeds up to OC-48, IP-based VPN services and an expansion of its Q.TalkSM voice over IP network service. Qwest is also entering the web hosting business and will establish 10 major CyberCenters in the United States for customer hosted applications. By the end of this year the company plans to open CyberCenters in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. The remaining centers in Seattle, Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta and Miami will be open in 1999.
This release may contain 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 Qwest with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Form 10-Q, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, failure to complete the network on schedule, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.
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