Denver, February 18, 1999 - Qwest Communications International Inc. today announced that it has won a three-year co-marketing agreement, worth an estimated $50 million, with AHA TelePLAN - the American Hospital Association?s (AHA) preferred telecommunications group purchasing program. AHA is the national organization that represents hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities, reaching more than 6,000 locations and 40,000 affiliated members across the United States.
Through the AHA TelePLAN program, members will be able to sign up for a full suite of Qwest?s competitively priced communications services and lower their operating costs. The new services will include:
Internet access; patient and pay phone operator services; enhanced voice, data and video transmission options;switched and/or dedicated access to Qwest?s nationwide fiber optic network; frame relay; private line; domestic and international long distance; domestic and international toll-free service; calling card; broadcast fax; integrated voice and fax; anddirectory and operator assistance.
?Our co-marketing agreement with AHA TelePLAN gives us an enormous opportunity to bring advanced, low-cost communications services to thousands of AHA and affiliated members across the country,? said Roger Attick, Qwest?s senior vice president of alternate channel markets. ?AHA members can now enjoy the value-added communications services Qwest offers today, and in the future they will have the flexibility to manage their individual accounts and select new services via the Internet.?
?Healthcare organizations increasingly use communications and information technologies to enhance the quality of care while controlling or lowering their delivery costs,? said John M. Bisinger, vice president of the AHA TelePLAN. ?As a new high-tech, low-cost national organization with seasoned management, Qwest is positioned to bring the latest technology to hospitals, lowering their operating costs while positioning them for the multimedia healthcare applications of the new millennium. ?
About the American Hospital Association The American Hospital Association (AHA) is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. The AHA, through its members, is committed to the health improvement of the communities they serve. AHA TelePLAN is the AHA created and endorsed group communications program that brings AHA member discounts and other benefits to help these members better serve their communities.
About QwestQwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 8,000 employees and 80 sales offices in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity (SM) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, will span more than 18,500 route miles in the United States when it is completed in mid-1999. In addition, Qwest and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, are forming a venture to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 9,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has nearly completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico. For more inforite at www.qwest.com.
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