MEDFORD, OR, February 26, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q), the broadband Internet communications company, announced today that it has installed and activated a new digital switch in Medford. The new $5 million digital switch is significantly faster and more efficient than the analog switch it replaces and is part of Qwest?s ongoing effort to expand and improve Oregon?s voice and data communications network.
?We are pleased to be bringing this $5 million investment to Medford,? said Judy Peppler, Qwest vice president for Oregon. ?This is just one example of Qwest?s commitment to invest in Oregon and provide our customers in Medford with reliable service.?
The digital switch was activated over the weekend and will benefit more than 46,000 customers in Medford and surrounding communities. The conversion was executed during low volume calling periods so it would not disrupt service or 911 calls.
In addition to being faster, the new switch gives Qwest additional capacity to accommodate future growth and the introduction of new services.
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