KPNQwest Completes Construction of German Fiber Optic Ring

  • 1,678-mile, 16-city network dug, constructed and fiber "pulled"
  • Ready for service by mid-2000 ? on schedule / on budget
  • Delivers over 30 terabits of capacity ? enables e-commerce revolution
  • Connects 16 German cities to 30 European and 150 North American cities
  • Mega-CyberCentre? under construction in Munich

Denver, February 23, 2000 ? Qwest Communications International Inc., (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that KPNQwest (NASDAQ: KQIP), Qwest's European joint venture with KPN, completed a German fiber optic ring, connecting 16 German cities in a 1,678-mile route. Representing an investment of $219 million, the ring connects to KPNQwest's high-speed, high-capacity EuroRing network linking 46 European business centers and the Qwest North American network. KPNQwest is the first pan-European data communications company to complete a German ring.

The process of constructing the German ring involves laying duct along secure trenches and pulling cables containing up to 120 fiber optic strands, each capable through optical technology of delivering 400 Gigabits of bandwidth. The ring, when fully "lit", will have a total capacity of over 30 Terabits ? sufficient capacity to convey the full government archives from Bonn to Berlin in less than one second.

In addition, KPNQwest is constructing a 107,640-square foot Mega-CyberCentre in Munich directly connected to the German Ring. The CyberCentre, with floorspace equivalent to slightly more than two football fields, will provide a secure environment for servers dedicated to application hosting and Web-hosting. The combination of massive bandwidth and professionally managed server space will provide an unbeatable platform for accelerating the e-commerce revolution in Germany and beyond.

The German ring connects to following cities: Berlin, Bonn, Bremen, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg, Karlsruhe, Koln, Leipzig, Magdeburg, Mannheim, Munich, Nurnberg and Stuttgart in Germany, and Strasbourg in France. The German Ring is made up of three interconnecting sub-rings, ensuring full redundancy and backup. KPNQwest is also deploying a pan-European Digital Subscriber Line service (DSL), which was announced in December 1999 and which will be available in Dusseldorf starting July 2000.

Announcing the completion of the backbone construction, KPNQwest CEO Jack McMaster said: "This a major construction milestone for KPNQwest. We are the first pan-European player to lay a complete fiber ring in Germany. This is great news for our customers, who will be in a position to leverage their Internet services to a new level of unimagined performance, with access to over 30 Terabits of capacity. As we roll out DSL in Germany, our customers will have enhanced access to the massive bandwidth generated by the fiber ring. In addition, our Munich CyberCentre is being constructed on top of the ring to benefit from the bandwidth made available form our fiber-optic assets."

About KPNQwest KPNQwest (NASDAQ & ASE: KQIP) is a leading facilities-based, pan-European provider of data-centric Internet protocol-based services to business customers. It is deploying a technologically advanced fiber optic network connecting 46 cities throughout Europe, enabling the company to provide a broad range of high-speed, high-quality data-centric Internet protocol-based services and other advanced telecommunications services, including DSL local access connectivity. The company is one of the largest business ISPs in Europe with operations in 14 countries. KPNQwest has 12 CyberCentres? and plans to construct 6 mega-CyberCentres? on its high-capacity fiber-optic network to provide web-hosting, application sharing and telehousing services. Website:

About Qwest Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 25,500 miles in North America. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at

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