Denver, April 26, 1999 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a seven-year, $63 million contract to provide wholesale communications services to Advanced TelCom Group (ATG), a facilities-based competitive local exchange carrier.
Under the terms of the agreement, Qwest will provide a suite of high-speed broadband and data services to ATG, including dedicated Internet access, frame relay, private line, dark fiber and long distance. ATG will initially sell the services on a value-added basis to its customers in medium-sized markets across the U.S.
"This agreement further validates the Qwest strategy to work with new telephone companies to improve customer choice in the local arena," said Gregory M. Casey, Qwest senior vice president of wholesale markets. "Our wholesale applications enable ATG to deliver a broad array of options and advanced communications services to its customers."
Curt Wheeling, senior vice president of marketing at ATG, said, "The Qwest package of communications and network management services, when blended with the broad array of ATG?s other product offerings, creates a tremendous platform for our customers to select a complete suite of services they need."
Advanced TelCom Group Inc. is a facilities-based, competitive local exchange carrier headquartered in Santa Rosa, Calif., that focuses on the under-served markets in medium-sized cities. ATG plans to expand to over 50 cities across the United States in the next five years. The senior management team of ATG, financed by a consortium of venture capital companies and banks, represents more that 150 years of successful telecommunications operating experience.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 9,000 employees working in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity® Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, will span more than 18,500 route miles in the United States when it is completed by mid-1999, and an additional 315-mile network route that will be completed by the end of the year. In addition, Qwest and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, have formed a venture to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 9,100 miles when it is completed in 2001. Qwest also has nearly completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
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