DENVER, February 19, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc.'s (NYSE: Q) wireless voice and data network is performing at optimal levels while servicing record call volume during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
The opening ceremony capped a milestone day in Utah, as the number of wireless calls made on the Qwest network exceeded 725,000 ? a record for the state. Qwest's volume soared to over 1.7 million calls during the first three days of activity, while network performance has exceeded the benchmarks established by the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) each day since opening day. Network performance includes a wireless caller's ability to make clear calls at any time ? without being blocked by a lack of network resources for available dial tone. To date, Qwest has had zero percent blocked calls in Utah during the Olympic Winter Games.
"Qwest Wireless was selected as the official 'PCS' sponsor of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, because we were confident their network would deliver," says Sharon Kingman, SLOC managing director of telecommunications. "Qwest's results in Salt Lake have established a new benchmark in wireless network performance."
Qwest's performance has been punctuated by the network quality at Olympic venues, such as the first medals ceremony, held February 9 at the Olympic Medals Plaza. At this and other venues, Qwest continues to beat the network quality benchmarks set prior to the Olympic Games.
"We are focused on delivering easy-to-use wireless voice and data communications to our customers, and our performance in Salt Lake City is a great example of our regional network capabilities," said Annette Jacobs, president Qwest wireless. "Qwest employees are committed to ensuring that our network meets the needs of visitors and Olympic participants throughout the Olympic Games."
A variety of Olympic attendees, including broadcast media, SLOC staff, and IOC members are using Qwest wireless technology during the Olympic Games.
Qwest's digital CDMA technology is being used for the first time at any Olympic Winter Games enabling the SLOC to provide its guests with the highest voice quality available on the wireless network. By deploying advanced technologies, Qwest provided additional capacity to the existing network, while minimizing capital expense and new construction. As a result, in some cases Qwest more than quadrupled the network's capacity without adding new wireless cell sites. These enhancements also benefit the thousands of existing Utah-based Qwest customers, who can continue to use the wireless network after the Olympic Winter Games conclude on February 24.
Qwest is the official PCS, local telecommunications service, public pay telephone and yellow page directory provider of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games and the 2002 Paralympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.
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