Qwest Communications Awarded New Mexico Statewide Network Contract

DENVER, July 17, 2002 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it has been awarded a multi-year contract to provide advanced communications services to the New Mexico Multi-Agency Network (MAGnet).

Under the contract, Qwest will deliver a centralized state-of-the-art backbone infrastructure allowing the transfer of voice, video and data services to MAGnet, which will reach state-government agencies and the citizens they serve in 24 rural and urban communities throughout New Mexico. MAGnet was designed to allow the State of New Mexico to consolidate all public-sector communications requirements from multiple networks into a single network. MAGnet will provide broadband capacity to the state, and will enable applications such as distance-learning and telemedicine applications, while reducing administrative and maintenance costs to taxpayers.

?This far-reaching network, while initially designed to benefit the public sector, will ultimately open the doors for economic development throughout the state,? said Bob Stafford, chief information officer for the State of New Mexico. ?MAGnet initially will enable state agencies, K-12, higher education institutions, judicial branches of government, and local and county government agencies to offer their services and applications to the general public in a more cost-effective and expedient manner. Because the State of New Mexico and its agencies have established the ?anchor tenant? that provides the business case for the deployment of this high-speed infrastructure, new businesses thinking about moving to New Mexico in the future, will be assured of getting the leading-edge, high-speed network connections required in today?s business environment ? not only in metro areas but in communities across the state.?

?Qwest?s partnership with the State of New Mexico is an example of how the public and private sectors can work together to establish a unique platform to benefit state and local agencies while also stimulating economic growth throughout New Mexico,? said Cliff Holtz, executive vice president for Qwest?s business markets group. ?Public sector entities across New Mexico will begin seeing wider availability of services not traditionally available ? or at least very expensive ? to acquire in the past.?

Qwest also has contracts to provide high-speed Internet access to K-12 schools throughout Colorado, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, Utah and Washington. Qwest also has deals to provide various communications services to state and local government organizations in 40 states.

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Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband 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 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.

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