DENVER, April 8, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced that it will offer to all new Qwest DSL consumer and small business subscribers a Wi-Fi capable DSL modem ? a device that has wireless networking capability built in. Customers will save approximately $50 on their Wi-Fi network setup costs because Qwest?s solution does not require additional hardware for the modem, just a wireless network card for each computer.
Qwest is currently the only major telecommunications company offering customers a wireless-ready modem, and the company also has decided to make this the standard modem for all of its new DSL customers.
Qwest DSL customers will no longer need a direct Ethernet connection from their wireless-enabled computer to quickly send large files, photos, music or videos between computers in their home or over the Internet. In addition, the Actiontec Wireless DSL Gateway (Model #GT701-WG) provides a 54 Megabits per second (Mbps) wireless connection within the home or small business, more than four times faster than the most common wireless-networking solution on the market.
With Qwest?s wireless-networking solution, consumers and small businesses can share their high-speed DSL connections so numerous people can use the Internet simultaneously while also making or receiving phone calls or sending faxes. In addition, customers can have more flexibility in where they connect to the Internet. For example, customers are no longer tied to their desks ? they can check e-mail, connect to the Internet or shop online from anywhere inside, or even outside of their home or office ? up to 300 feet from the DSL modem.
?People are looking for ways to simplify their lives,? said Matt Rotter, vice president of Qwest product management. ?With Qwest?s wireless-networking solution, customers can enjoy greater flexibility and convenience in how, when and where they access the Internet.?
According to a recent Yankee Group report, the number of networked homes within the U.S. are projected to increase by more than 100 percent over the next three years, while 16 percent of the small- and medium-sized business market is expected to either upgrade or purchase a wireless local area network by the end of the year. The report also revealed that in new retail sales, wireless is becoming the dominant connectivity technology chosen by individuals who are setting up a home network.
?Customers are beginning to embrace the benefits of connectivity, and wireless technology satisfies their demands for non-intrusive and easy-to-use network products,? said Dominic Ainscough, senior analyst with The Yankee Group?s Media and Entertainment Strategies practice. ?Qwest?s decision to provide customers with a wireless-ready modem is aligned with consumer expectations and will benefit its DSL customers since they will not have to buy an additional piece of hardware to enable the modem for wireless connectivity.?
Qwest?s wireless-ready DSL modem can be purchased for $59.99 or rented for $3 per month. Consumer and small business customers who wish to set up a wireless network only need to purchase a wireless-network card for each computer they want wirelessly connected to their high-speed DSL connection.
Customers who want to order Qwest DSL can call 1-800-244-1111 (residential customers) or 1-800-603-6000 (small-business customers). Customers also can visit http://www.qwest.com/jump/dsl/ to quickly determine whether their line qualifies for DSL.
A video graphic of Qwest wireless networking will be available at 7 a.m. Eastern time on April 8th: Members of the media, visit www.thenewsmarket.com/qwest and click on the wireless networking story to download the image.
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