Denver, May 23, 2000 ---- Qwest Communications International, Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband internet communications company, announced today that KPNQwest was awarded a $2.7 million contract to supply managed bandwidth to premier Voice-over-IP (VoIP) service provider, Stonehenge Telecom. The agreement underscores the growing demand for international broadband VoIP and the commitment of both companies to making the technology a commercial reality for Global businesses.
The bandwidth provided includes a 45Mbit/s (DS3) connection linking Stonehenge Telecom's Points of Presents (POPs) in Brussels and London. Stonehenge Telecom has also contracted KPNQwest to provide a 45 Mbit/s IP Transit ring connecting Los Angeles, New York and Miami, using the Qwest macro-capacity fiber-optic backbone. The effect of the contract will be to further integrate and complete Stonehenge’s OmniPortal™ IP-network coverage and to extend the reach of their Carrier Grade Voice services in both Europe and America.
"We need to expand our capacity to meet the rising demand for global voice and the explosive growth of our volume turnover," said Anton Akkerman, co-CEO of Stonehenge Telecom. "KPNQwest can give us the guaranteed bandwidth to meet customer demands on both sides of the Atlantic, ensuring we are ready to deliver as voice, data and video converge on our global OmniPortal™ communications platform."
"Voice over IP is already starting to revolutionize the way people communicate, and both our companies have worked hard to make that happen" said Jack McMaster, KPNQwest CEO. "We now have the global reach, bandwidth and applications to improve on traditional voice networks and in the briefest period of time this will become the voice communication standard in the business world."
Carrier Grade Voice calls on a global IP-network provide phone-to-phone and fax-to-fax calls via a data network (Voice over Internet Protocol), rather than the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). Calls are routed over the Stonehenge Telecom global OmniPortal™ IP-network while the PSTN access remains intact. As a result, businesses can continue using their regular telephones and fax machines as usual. IP-networks are less capital-intensive to build and maintain than circuit-switched networks, which are based on dedicated channels to voice. On the OmniPortal™ IP-network, voice traffic is routed over a quality-of-service (QoS) enabled IP backbone. This allows time-sensitive voice packet delivery with high priority, resulting in lower switching and per-call bandwidth costs.
KPNQwest (NASDAQ & ASE: KQIP) is a leading facilities-based, pan-European provider of data-centric services based on Internet Protocol (IP). It is deploying a technologically advanced 12,000 mi. fiber-optic network connecting 46 cities throughout Europe and provides a full portfolio of data-centric IP-based services and other advanced telecommunications services, including a pan-European Digital Subscriber Line service. KPNQwest is the one of the largest business ISPs in Europe with operations in 15 countries. KPNQwest has twelve CyberCenters™ and has announced plans to build a further eighteen 12,000 yd2 CyberCenters across Europe, on its high-capacity fiber-optic network to provide web-hosting, application sharing and telehousing services. Website: www.kpnqwest.com
About Stonehenge Telecom
Stonehenge Telecom, the premier Voice over IP (VoIP) service provider, is a rapidly growing Next Generation Telco. Stonehenge Telecom, founded in 1998, is located in Hoofddorp, the Netherlands, with additional offices in London (UK), Singapore and Orlando (USA). Stonehenge Telecom is integrating Voice & Data traffic into one single network over their OmniPortal™ IP Communications Platform. In addition to Carrier Grade Voice on the wholesale market, Stonehenge Telecom also provides OmniPortal™ IP Virtual Private Network (IP-VPN) and OmniPortal™ Personal Communication Card services. News and information are available at http://www.stonehenge-telecom.com.
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