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Qwest Selected For $20 Billion U.S. Government Networx Enterprise Contract


Award Comes on the Heels of Qwest’s Selection to Networx Universal; Both Contracts Underscore Qwest’s Leadership in Global Communications

Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced it has won a portion of yet another major contract from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), called Networx Enterprise. The Networx Enterprise program is worth up to $20 billion and comes just weeks after Qwest was awarded a part of the massive Networx Universal contract by GSA. Combined, Networx Universal and Networx Enterprise have a value of up to $68 billion over 10 years.

Together, the Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts form the largest and most expansive communications programs ever, and are intended to be the primary method through which more than 135 federal agencies will purchase virtually any type of communications service, including data, wireless, IP, voice and video. Qwest is one of only three companies in the nation to have won both the Networx Universal and Networx Enterprise contracts.

“We’ve always known that Qwest had the national capabilities, the solutions and the experience to deliver any type of complex communications service to any type of business customer - from a small business to a Fortune 500 company to the federal government,” said Tom Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. “Winning Networx represents more than a significant revenue opportunity for Qwest. It also means that there is no longer any doubt that Qwest continues to excel, and that we are among the leaders in delivering innovative and valuable solutions for our customers no matter their size or scope.”

Today, Qwest provides service to more than 50 federal government agencies, including the Department of Energy, Department of Defense, Department of Justice and the Department of Treasury. The Networx Enterprise award enables Qwest to aggressively compete for billions of dollars of incremental federal government communication business at dozens of additional federal agencies.

“Networx Enterprise is an enormous vote of confidence in Qwest’s ability to deliver security, quality and value to the federal government, particularly in wireline services,” said Diana Gowen, senior vice president, Qwest government services. “While Networx Universal recognized Qwest’s ability to deliver and manage vast, complex communications systems across an entire agency, Networx Enterprise underscores our ability to deliver innovative technology. Therefore the awards show Qwest has both the agile leadership and the cutting-edge technology to meet all customers’ needs.”

“Companies that win both the Universal and Enterprise portions of Networx are clearly the elite in the communications industry,” said Mark Winther, vice president of worldwide telecommunications at IDC. “The sheer enormity of the Networx bids ensures that no stone was unturned in vetting out these winners, and therefore, both government and commercial customers can feel confident Networx winners have the capability to meet any of their needs.”


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