Qwest Communications Awarded Network Services Contract from State of Texas

DENVER, May 19, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has been awarded a multi-year, multimillion-dollar contract to provide dedicated Internet access (DIA) to the University of Texas System Office of Telecommunication Services (OTS). The University of Texas system is the nation?s second-largest state university system, totaling nearly 170,000 students.

?Qwest is helping us provide a variety of communications services to Texans across the spectrum of public organizations ? from colleges and universities to K-12 schools to state government entities to leading research organizations,? said Wayne Wedemeyer of the OTS. ?From distance learning to collaborative research to simple Internet exploration, Qwest is helping the University of Texas System and THEnet assist Texas with today's sophisticated technology.?

The OTS operates the following two networks, both of which will be connected to the Qwest backbone:

  • The University of Texas System Network, which provides voice, video and data communications among the various University of Texas campuses ? including the University of Texas at Austin, the nation?s largest university with more than 50,000 students ? and supports classroom education, distance learning, training, research, public service and administrative functions.
  • The Texas Higher Education Network (THEnet), which offers Internet connectivity to public and private K-12 schools, community college districts, colleges and universities, libraries, hospitals, government agencies, and not-for-profit health and education organizations. THEnet connects more than 200 public entities in all parts of the state.

?These networks are designed to help provide all Texans with the same educational tools, whether the student lives in downtown Dallas or a rural town on the panhandle,? said Cliff Holtz, executive vice president for Qwest?s business markets group. ?We are pleased to help enable THEnet to achieve its goal of expanding educational and research opportunities for all Texans.?

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