Denver, January 30, 2001 ? Qwest Communications International Inc., the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that it is part of a contract awarded to Centennial de Puerto Rico by the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) to provide network services for the Puerto Rican Internet2 Services Association (PRISA) network.

Qwest?s Government Systems Division has an agreement to subcontract the long distance portion of this offering through Centennial, which will serve as the prime contractor to UPR. Centennial is one of the local providers in Puerto Rico.

"We are honored Centennial selected us to partner with them in this momentous project,? said James F.X. Payne, senior vice president for Qwest Government Systems Division. ?We believe our long-standing involvement and success with the Internet2 network has uniquely positioned Qwest to provide critical support to the UPR PRISA network, both in its formative stages and as it progresses in the coming years."

Qwest will use its broadband fiber network to provide an undersea fiber optic facility for the project, linking Centennial?s local infrastructure in Puerto Rico to a point of presence in Florida. The local and cross-Atlantic connections will allow the five UPR campuses that will form the PRISA network, including the Arecibo Observatory, to link with other Internet2 universities around the world.

Internet2 is a consortium significantly funded by the National Science Foundation and led by over 180 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow's Internet.

The project is a significant step in the introduction of high-speed data networks originating in Puerto Rico. Qwest and it?s Government Systems Division will continue to support UPR and the Internet2 programs in association with the NSF, along with other US Federal Agencies and operations in Puerto Rico.

"The wideband connection that Internet2 provides will allow the University of Puerto Rico?s researchers to collaborate in real time with state of the art research facilities worldwide,? stated Dr. Norman Maldonado, President of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).

"Because of its real time functionality," added Naji Khoury, Centennial?s Wireline Services Marketing Director, "we foresee that it will be mostly beneficial for videoconferencing, telemedicine, virtual labs, real time access to the world?s best supercomputing facilities, and operating research equipment at a distance, among a wide range of applications."

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