ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Sept. 18, 2008 – Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced a 5-year, $7.2 million contract with Albuquerque Public Schools for a high-speed network that will deliver learning opportunities to students in New Mexico’s largest school district.
Using Qwest Metro Optical Ethernet (QMOE), the 87,000-student district is connecting 131 schools and administrative offices across the city. With speeds up to 100 megabits per second at each location, QMOE will enable the district to get the most out of bandwidth-intensive learning opportunities, including virtual classrooms, distance-learning and district-wide online testing.
“Technology constantly changes, and it is important for the success of our students that Albuquerque Public Schools keeps up,” Superintendent Winston Brooks, Albuquerque Public Schools said. “The partnership between Albuquerque Public Schools and Qwest gives our students exposure to cutting edge technology that they would not otherwise have.”
“Qwest understands that to succeed in today’s information society, students need access to technology,” said Dr. Tom Ryan, executive director of technology for Albuquerque Public Schools. “Qwest’s advanced network allows students to tap into innovative learning opportunities so they can be competitive in a global market.”
The Albuquerque Public Schools network was made possible because of funds from the federal E-Rate program – the Schools and Libraries Universal Service Support Mechanism. The fund provides discounts to assist most schools and libraries in the U.S. to obtain affordable telecommunications and Internet access. Qwest worked closely with district officials to maximize the amount of funding the school district receives as part of the E-Rate program.
"As one of the largest school districts in the country, Albuquerque Public Schools needed a network capable of delivering bandwidth and seamless communications at all locations,” said Teresa Taylor, executive vice president, Qwest Business Markets Group. “Through our world-class QMOE solution, Qwest can deliver the reach, connectivity and scalability to support all their educational goals.”
QMOE service combines the power of Ethernet and optical technologies across metro area networks to provide low-cost, scalable and secure bandwidth. QMOE provides local area network (LAN)-to-LAN connectivity between two or more customer locations within a metro area, and is suitable for data applications that include data file transfer, Internet access, off-site data storage and access to hosting, outsourced mail and file server service, and outsourced application service. The service is also well-suited to voice and video applications.
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