Qwest Communications Launches Local Broadband Services In Washington D.C. And Baltimore

DENVER, February 12, 2001 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that it is now offering Data Local Exchange Services (DLEC) such as high-speed digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet connections in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore markets. These new data services are available to businesses in both metropolitan markets and provide direct, high-speed access to Qwest's leading global Internet network, CyberCentersm hosting facilities, broadband applications and services.

These DLEC services reach nearly 70 percent of all small businesses throughout the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore metropolitan areas and are complemented by high-speed local fiber rings from Qwest. In D.C., these CLEC (Competitive Local Exchange Carrier) services provide fiber network connectivity from suburban Maryland through the District of Columbia to the Virginia high-tech corridor. The Baltimore fiber ring reaches the central business district, downtown and high-tech developments along the harbor, as well as a variety of state and university buildings.

"Qwest's local broadband networks in D.C. and Baltimore provide businesses with direct network access at speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second," said Augie Cruciotti, executive vice president of national local networks for Qwest. "We're offering an unprecedented amount of capacity to local businesses - these networks have the equivalent capacity of more than 660,000 DS-3 lines."

XM Satellite Radio is one of the first customers of Qwest's local fiber access network in the region. Based in Washington, D.C., the company is creating and packaging up to 100 national channels of digital-quality sound transmitted via satellite. Qwest is providing high-speed local broadband access directly to XM's 82 all-digital fiber optic studios, helping XM deliver coast-to-coast coverage of music, news, sports, talk, comedy and children's programming.

"With key elements of XM's new radio programming lineup coming from content provider partners such as CNNfn and USA TODAY, the speed, quality, security and reliability of our network service cannot be compromised," said Anthony Masiello, XM's vice president of operations. "Qwest met all our qualifications and we are extremely satisfied with both the network quality and the level of service."

Qwest Local Broadband offers a complete, end-to-end portfolio of high-speed local broadband services, including Internet access, Web site design and application hosting, LAN integration and long-distance services. Access speeds range from 256Kbps with DSL to 10Gbps with OC-192 connections.

Qwest takes a three-prong approach to bringing these services to businesses of all sizes, whether they are located in stand-alone facilities, or in office towers and business parks:

  • Integrated Fiber Solutions offer direct fiber access to customers that have data-rich applications or large bandwidth and security needs for multiple locations within a metropolitan area. Fiber rings are complete in Baltimore; Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth; Houston; Kansas City Mo.; Los Angeles; New York; Sacramento, Calif.; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; St. Louis, Mo.; and Washington, D.C.
  • Integrated Business Solutions give companies an end-to-end Web solution, including high-speed, always-on Qwest DSL connections, Internet access, hosting services, as well as a single point of contact for business-class customer care and one consolidated service bill. These solutions are available in Austin, Texas.; Baltimore; Dallas/Fort Worth; Houston; Kansas City, Mo.; Los Angeles; Orange County, Calif.; Sacramento, Calif.; and San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, Calif.; San Francisco; San Jose, Calif.; and Washington, D.C.

    For more information on Integrated Business Solutions, customers can access www.highspeedIBS.com.

  • Integrated Solutions for Buildings outfit "smart buildings" with broadband equipment that supplies Internet and network connections at speeds of up to 100 Mbps - nearly 1,800 times faster than the fastest dial-up connection - to all of the building tenants.

Qwest currently provides local broadband access networks in 12 markets and DLEC services in 13 markets. By the end of 2001, Qwest plans to have local networks operational and DLEC services available in 25 major metropolitan markets.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leader in reliable, scalable and secure broadband Internet-based 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 104,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.

This release may contain projections and other 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 Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent reports 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, volatility of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory, failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of Qwest and U S WEST. This release may include analysts' estimates and other information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no responsibility. Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts' expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

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