Qwest Communications Takes Steps To Strengthen Balance Sheet

DENVER, February 5, 2002 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced it is filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) a shelf registration statement covering debt and equity securities. Although the filing is for $2.5 billion in debt and equity securities, the company currently expects that it will issue no more than $1.25 billion in equity or equity-linked convertible securities under the registration statement. The company has not determined the form of security nor the timing for a proposed offering, which will depend on the timing of effectiveness of the registration statement and on market conditions.

"We said last week that we are committed to the health of our balance sheet and would take steps to reduce debt by $1.5 to $2 billion," said Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest chairman and CEO. "This filing is the first step. We are still looking at other alternatives, including a combination of asset sales or sales of securities associated with assets, and will fully disclose any transactions we decide to pursue."

This announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale in any jurisdiction in which such offering, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.


Qwest will host a conference call for investors and the media today at 10:00 a.m. (EST) with Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest chairman and CEO. The call may be heard on the Web at www.qwest.com/about/investor/meetings.


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 190,000 miles globally. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.

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