Crate and Barrel Chooses Qwest for Advanced Communications Services

DENVER, March 12, 2003 ? Crate and Barrel, one of the largest home-furnishing retailers in the country, has chosen Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) to provide advanced data communications services to dozens of locations. The multi-year contract will help Crate and Barrel extend and integrate data and voice communications between its stores and the company?s corporate headquarters.

Specifically, Qwest is providing Crate and Barrel with frame relay services at more than 40 locations. Qwest frame relay services are an excellent way for companies to transport their data over Qwest?s high-speed and secure communications network. Because of its ability to quickly adjust to meet customers? needs, frame relay services are useful for companies that have variable bandwidth demands depending on work-load, fluctuating customer demands or industry trends.

?Qwest?s account team and reputation for leading technology helped make this decision easy for us,? said Lou Tucker Director of Technology at Crate and Barrel. ?We?ve noticed Qwest?s renewed focus on customer service and we?re pleased with the progress the company has made thus far. We hope to grow and enhance our relationship with Qwest in the coming months.?

To give customers the best possible experience, Qwest incorporates convenient features into its services. For example, Qwest frame relay services include Qwest Control® - a Web-based network management tool that allows customers to access and manage their systems information via the Internet. Customers can track their data, review performance reports, and even open and review trouble tickets.

?We?re thrilled to form this new relationship with Crate and Barrel,? said Cliff Holtz, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group. ?We will listen closely to Crate and Barrel to understand their needs and develop an integrated solution that meets all of their voice and data requirements. Our commitment to putting customers first is reaping benefits through new relationships with respected and successful companies around the nation.?

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Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 53,000-plus employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at

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