Qwest Communications Opens Asia Pacific Headquarters In Hong Kong To Expand Global Internet And Data Business

DENVER, DECEMBER 5, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced the opening of its Asia Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong.

The president of international business for Qwest, Ross Lau, will operate out of this headquarters. Mr. Lau will focus on identifying strategic partners and opportunities for growth and the delivery of next-generation Internet communications and applications services to the Asia Pacific market.

"Expansion to Japan and the Asia Pacific region is a natural next step for Qwest as we have completed our high-speed, fiber-optic North American network. We are well underway building our network in Europe; and in becoming more competitive, we have had seven acquisitions, including a U&nbspS telephone company," said Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest's chairman and CEO. "We also know the importance of having one or more partners from the Asia Pacific region, to establish our company and our brand, and hit the ground running."

Mr. Lau said, "Qwest intends to provide enterprises in Japan and the Asia Pacific region a portfolio of new, best-in-class Internet and data services, as well as traditional telecommunications. We intend to create high value for customers through better technology and lower cost structures than our competitors."

Qwest is a participant of the 13,000-mile undersea network linking the United States to Japan. This bandwidth will enable businesses and consumers in Asia Pacific to be connected to Qwest's North American and European network for all data, video and voice communications.

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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.

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