Qwest Communications Wins Largest Contract to Upgrade the U.S. Department of Treasury Communications System

Denver, February 3, 1999 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. today announced it has been awarded a subcontract by TRW Inc. to provide advanced communications services to the U.S. Department of Treasury. Qwest will work with TRW to help support the $1 billion Treasury Communications System (TCS), a network that interconnects Treasury and all of its agencies throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Qwest?s Government Services division teamed with all five Regional Bell Operating Companies? (Ameritech, Bell Atlantic, Bell South, SBC, and U S West) Federal systems divisions to ensure local access for responsiveness to Treasury requirements and schedules.

?TRW selected Qwest as a key service provider for the TCS enhancement initiative because of its technology, people and its partnering approach,? said Phil Odeen, executive vice president and general manager of TRW?s System and Information Technology Group. ?TCS enhancement will bring to Treasury and its Bureaus the best communications products and services. TRW is delighted to have Qwest as a member of the TCS team as we continue to support the Treasury mission in a cost-effective manner.?

?We are pleased to be providing the Treasury Department with new, sophisticated, scalable, secure and low-cost communications,? said Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest president and CEO. ?The government and the taxpayers win with this opportunity as Qwest will assure that cutting-edge technology is always at hand.?

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (Nasdaq: QWST) is a leader in reliable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image communications for businesses and consumers. Headquartered in Denver, Qwest has more than 8,000 employees and 80 sales offices in North America, Europe and Mexico. The Qwest Macro Capacity (SM) Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking, will span more than 18,500 route miles in the United States when it is completed in mid-1999. In addition, Qwest and KPN, the Dutch telecommunications company, are forming a venture to build and operate a high-capacity European fiber optic, Internet Protocol-based network that has 2,100 miles and will span 9,100 miles when it is completed in 2002. Qwest also has nearly completed a 1,400-mile network in Mexico. Further information is available at http://www.qwest.com.

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