Qwest Communications Named Microsoft Global Hosting Partner Of The Year

DENVER, JULY 16, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband communications company, today announced that Microsoft has selected Qwest as its Global Hosting Partner of the Year. Qwest?s industry-leading Apptimum(tm) solution, an operations platform that leverages Qwest?s CyberCenters(sm) to optimize selling software as a service, was a major factor in Microsoft?s decision to choose Qwest. Qwest has developed a host of Microsoft technology-powered solutions that enhance customers? efficiencies in their Web-centric environments.

This announcement represents another step in the strategic relationship between Qwest and Microsoft, which began in 1998. This year, Microsoft chose Qwest as one of its first Gold Certified Partners for Hosting and Application Services for Qwest?s Managed Exchange Services. This certification recognizes independent companies with proven expertise in delivering Microsoft technologies to provide information technology services and products to enterprise customers. In April, the two companies also cemented a five-year strategic alliance to combine premium MSN Internet Access, content and services, with Qwest?s broadband and network services for more than 12 million consumers.

?Qwest is one of the leaders in the delivery of software as a service. Using Microsoft's .NET tools and technologies in combination with Qwest's robust infrastructure, the Apptimum platform promises to revolutionize the way software is delivered to customers," Pieter Knook, vice president of Network Service Providers group at Microsoft.

?Apptimum has revolutionized the software and services market by combining operational excellence with tremendous cost savings,? commented Kevin Kosche, vice president of Microsoft Development at Qwest. ?Apptimum offers a comprehensive program that allows Microsoft-centered customers to transition to a service-provider model without substantial capital outlay.?

Qwest is the only provider to offer the full spectrum of Web hosting and managed services, application service provider and professional services combined with a global OC-192 broadband communications network and data-center infrastructure that can support entry-level companies to global multi-national enterprises. Apptimum, a part of this solution suite, is an operations platform designed to optimize selling software as a service. Apptimum brings together software developers and Apptimum Authorized Solution Providers (AASPs), plus a comprehensive market development program, to successfully deliver application services to end users.

About Qwest

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(r) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed and efficiency, spans more than 113,000 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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