New Link to Begin Closure of Pacific Northwest SONET Ring; Nationwide Network Grows to 16,285 Miles

DENVER - February 23, 1998 (Nasdaq: QWST ) Qwest today announced it has reached an agreement with another company to assist in the construction of an OC-192 fiber optic system between Seattle, Washington and Portlanwest network served both cities, but this addition adds a SONET ring diverse route that will add a protective and restorative element to the Northwest portion of the Qwest nationwide Macro CapacitySM Fiber Network. This Seattle-Portland diverse route will add 200 route miles to Qwest's planned 16,085 mile U.S. network.

"One of the most technologically advanced features of the Qwest fiber optic network is its SONET ring protection and restoration capability. By constructing a diverse route between Seattle and Portland, Qwest's service to the Northwest region is protected by advanced SONET technology in the event of a fiber cut," said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest. "This agreement also reaffirms Qwest's dedication to delivering to its customers the most technologically advanced and reliable data, voice and multimedia network in the world."

The Qwest Macro CapacitySM Network

Qwest's planned domestic 16,285 mile network will serve over 125 cities, which represent approximately 80 percent 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; and from Dallas to Houston. 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.

About Qwest

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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