Qwest Significantly Expands Network and Closes Major Ring in the West; Lights Additional 3,051 Miles of Nationwide Network

DENVER - May 20, 1998 - Qwest today announced it will add a major western route - totaling 1,680 miles - to its nationwide Macro Capacity Fiber Network. The new route connects Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; Salt Lake City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California. Connecting with Qwest?s recently announced diverse route between Seattle and Portland, this route will complete the SONET ring architecture for Qwest?s major network segment in the Northwest.="left">In addition, Qwest has lit five significant network segments, adding 3,051 miles to the activated network and bringing the total number of activated route miles to nearly 8,500 and fiber miles to 408,000. The additional activated routes include Seattle to Sacramento (861 miles), Denver to El Paso (746 miles), Dallas to Kansas City (639 miles), Los Angeles to Phoenix (584 miles), and Austin to Houston (221 miles). With these lightings, Qwest?s nationwide Macro CapacitySM Fiber Network is almost entirely activated west of the Mississippi River.

?The addition of this significant western route extends SONET ring protection - the cornerstone of our network - to virtually the entire Qwest network, allowing us to deliver data and voice services with the highest quality and reliability available today,? said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest. ?With the additional network lightings, Qwest has created a new ?wired West? - serving the fastest growing region of the United States with the most advanced fiber optic network in the world.?

New Western Route

The new 1,680-mile route in the West will be constructed and consistent with the quality and reliability of Qwest?s original nationwide native IP network design. With OC-192 speed, SONET ring architecture and dense wave division multiplexing capabilities, the new route is expected to be completed and activated by the first quarter 1999.

This release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by Qwest with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Form 10-Q, which identify use actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including potential fluctuations in quarterly results, dependence on new product development, rapid technological and market change, failure to complete the network on schedule, volatility of stock price, financial risk management and future growth subject to risks.

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