Qwest Communications Lights Network to Cincinnati, Ohio

DENVER - January 9, 1998 (Nasdaq: QWST) On schedule to deliver the nation's most state-of-the-art fiber optic network, Qwest today announced the activation of the network segment between Indianapolis and Cincinnati. With this activation, Qwest now has nearly 3,500 route miles of its ultra high-capacity fiber network in service, extending from California to Ohio and has approximately 168,000 fiber miles installed.

"With the activation of the Indianapolis to Cincinnati segment, Qwest remains on schedule for the deployment and delivery of the most advanced and affordable data and voice communications services to businesses and consumers around the globe." said Larry Seese, executive vice president of network engineering and operations at Qwest.

The Qwest Macro CapacitySM 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 adds even more security and reliability by allowing instantaneous rerouting in the event of a fiber cut. This network architecture will virtually eliminate network downtime for Qwest's customers.

About Qwest Qwest Communications International, Inc. (

Nasdaq: QWST

), is a multimedia communications company building a high-capacity, fiber optic network for the 21st century. Qwest's planned domestic 16,000 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 completion in the second quarter of 1999. Currently , 3,350 miles are activated from Los Angeles to Indianapolis; and from Dallass to Houston. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998. With its cutting-edge technology, Qwest will deliver high-quality voice, data and video connectivity securely and reliably to businesses, consumers and other communications service providers.

Contact Information
Qwest Media Contact
Lisa Hempel
(303) 291-1708
Outside Contacts:
Media Contact
Alison Schwartz
(303) 615-5070 x102
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