Qwest To Pursue Federal Government Business

DENVER - February 17, 1998 (Nasdaq: QWST ) Qwest, a multimedia communications company building the world's most advanced fiber optic network, today announced it will open a new Government Systems Division to provide data, multimedia and voice communications services to the federal marketplace. The new division will be located in the Washington, D.C area. The Qwest network, with its unique characteristics of being buried in conduit and having the latest non-zero dispersion fiber makes it ideal for the high-bandwidth apps needed by the federal government. Qwest is already engaged in selling into several large government projects.

"The U.S. Government is the largest employer in the United States with a workforce of approximately a million people and a communications budget in the billions," said Joseph P. Nacchio, president and CEO of Qwest.

"This is a demanding and competitive market, and Qwest, with its high bandwidth network and low cost position, is ideally suited to become a premier provider of communications services to the United States Government."

Heading up the new Washington, D.C. metro area office as vice president will be John R. McGowan, formerly with Lucent Technologies and AT&T Bell Labs. McGowan retired in 1988 as a U.S. naval aviator. He earned a bachelor's of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Kansas and a master's of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Naval Post Graduate School. McGowan is joined by George Johnston, director of Engineering; Wesley K. Kaplow, senior director of Technology; and David J. Beard, director of Security, all from Lucent Technologies. Together, they bring over 90 years of government market experience in engineering communications systems.

The Qwest Macro CapacitySM Network

Qwest's planned domestic 16,000 mile network will serve over 125 cities, which represent approximately 80 percent of the data and voice traffic originating in the United States, upon its scheduled completion in the second quarter of 1999. Currently, more than 3,600 miles are activated from Los Angeles to Columbus, Ohio; and from Dallas to Houston. Qwest is also extending its network 1,400 miles into Mexico with completion slated for late third quarter 1998.

The Qwest Macro Capacity Fiber network is designed with a highly reliable and secure bi-directional, line switching OC-192 SONET ring architecture. Upon completion, the network will offer a self-healing system that provides the ultimate security and reliability by allowing instantaneous rerouting in the event of a fiber cut.

About Qwest

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NASDAQ:QWST) is a multimedia communications company building a high-capacity, fiber optic network for the 21st century. With its cutting-edge technology, Qwest will deliver high-quality data, video and voice connectivity securely and reliably to businesses, consumers and other communications service providers.

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 important risk factors that could cause 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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