Denver -- March 2, 1998 (Nasdaq: QWST) Qwest, a multimedia communications company building the world's most advanced fiber optic network, today announced Roy Wilkens, founder and former CEO of WilTel, has joined its board of directors.
Wilkens was president of Williams Pipeline Co. when he founded WilTel as an operating unit of The Williams Companies Inc. in 1985. Under his leadership, WilTel grew rapidly into a full-service telecommunications company offering data, voice and video products and services, and was often recognized for its leading technologies. In 1995, WilTel Network Services was acquired by LDDS Communications, which now operates under the name WorldCom. In 1997, Wilkens retired from WorldCom.
Wilkens has also been very active in the national telecommunications industry. In 1992, he was appointed by President George Bush to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council. He has also served as chairman of both the Competitive Telecommunications Association (CompTel) and the National Telecommunications Network. In addition to serving on the board at Qwest, Wilkens is a member of the board of directors at PageNet, UniDial and Invensys.
"Qwest is extremely pleased Roy Wilkens has joined our board," said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO at Qwest. "As the founder of WilTel, he brings an entrepreneurial perspective that will augment the philosophy of Qwest and its board."
The Qwest Macro CapacitySM Network
Qwest's planned domestic 16,285 mile network will serve more than 125 cities, which represent approximately 80% of the data and voice traffic originating in the United States, upon its scheduled completion in the second quarter of 1999. Currently, more than 3,600 miles are activated from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998.
The Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber network is designed with a highly reliable and secure bi-directional, line switching OC-192 SONET ring architecture. Upon completion, the network will offer a self-healing system that provides the ultimate security and reliability by allowing instantaneous rerouting in the event of a fiber cut.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NASDAQ:QWST) is a multimedia communications company building a high-capacity, fiber optic network for the 21st century. With its cutting-edge technology, Qwest will deliver high-quality data, video and voice connectivity securely and reliably to businesses, consumers and other communications service providers.
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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