Qwest Communications Enters Final Phase of Systems Tests to Get Back Into Long-Distance Business in 14 Western States

Company on Schedule to Seek FCC Approval Late This Summer to Offer

Long-Distance Service in One State; Other States Later This Year, Early 2002



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Qwest Communications International Inc.

    DENVER, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Qwest Communications International Inc.
 (NYSE:  Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that
 it has achieved two significant milestones in its efforts to reenter the
 long-distance business in 14 Western states.  First, region-wide independent
 testing of Qwest's operational support systems (OSS) begins today.  In
 addition, the company has completed three-quarters of the state workshop
 sessions that evaluate Qwest's compliance with rules to reenter the long-
 distance business.  Both the OSS testing and the state workshops are scheduled
 to be completed this summer.
     "We're coming down the home stretch in our effort to get back into the
 long-distance business in our 14 state local-service territory," said Steve
 Davis, Qwest senior vice president for policy & law.  "The completion of these
 workshops and the beginning of the final phase of OSS testing means that Qwest
 is on schedule to file with the Federal Communication Commission late this
 summer for approval to offer long-distance service in at least one of our
 states."
     Qwest and regulators in 13 of the 14 states where Qwest provides local
 service are pursuing an innovative and first-of-its-kind regional approach to
 OSS testing.  During the test, which is scheduled to be completed in July,
 tens of thousands of transactions will be monitored to test the functions and
 performance of Qwest's OSS.  The independent company administering the tests
 will evaluate Qwest's performance based on hundreds of measures, which have
 been agreed to by competitors, consumer advocates, state regulatory
 commissions and their staffs, competitive telecom associations, the test
 administrator and Qwest.
     "This is where the rubber meets the road," said Montana Public Service
 Commissioner Bob Rowe, who heads up the thirteen state collaborative that is
 coordinating the test.  "For 18 months we've been engaged in the largest and
 most open process of its kind.  We've seen a new attitude from Qwest since it
 took over the system.  Just as important, I'm impressed by the commitment of
 Qwest and its competitors to reach a good result for competition and for
 customers throughout the West."
     At the same time as the OSS test planning process was underway, Qwest,
 competitors and commission staffs participated in separate state and regional
 271 workshops to determine Qwest's compliance with checklist items.  These
 open, collaborative workshops are run by regulators and are designed to
 address the needs of competitors, resolve disputes between competitors and
 Qwest, and ensure Qwest's local markets are open to competitors.  To date, 37
 of 50 of these workshops have been completed.
     "We're now three-quarters of the way though the workshops and we expect to
 have them completed by mid-summer," said Davis.  "When the workshops and the
 OSS testing are completed, customers, commissions and competitors will be
 assured of what we already know -- that there are no competitive barriers in
 our region."
     Operational support systems are the computers, processes and systems that
 facilitate such things as installation, repair and billing -- the systems a
 communications company and its employees use to provide service to customers.
 Regulators believe that it is essential for local service competition that
 competitors have the same access to these systems as local service providers.
 Qwest has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to allow competitors'
 access to its internal systems.
     Thirteen of Qwest's 14 local service states are participating in the
 region-wide OSS testing process.  The Arizona Corporation Commission is
 conducting its own test of Qwest's OSS systems and has selected Cap Gemini
 Ernst & Young as the test administrator.  Testing in Arizona, which began in
 December, is also scheduled to be completed in July.
     For the region-wide OSS test, KPMG will serve as the test administrator
 and Hewlett Packard Consulting will play the role of a newly established
 competitive local exchange carrier.  Liberty Consulting will audit the process
 to ensure compliance with the definitions for all wholesale performance
 measurements.
     Qwest intends to file its first application with the FCC this summer to
 reenter the long-distance business in one of the states in its local service
 area and to file applications for other states later this year and early next
 year.  After the first application is filed, the multi-state testing process
 is expected to allow Qwest to accelerate its filing of and the FCC's approval
 of the applications for the remaining states.  Unlike Qwest's region-wide
 approach, other local telephone companies are following a state-by-state
 approach to OSS testing.
     "We will not be the first company to get approval to offer long-distance
 services in one of our states, but we expect to be the first company to have
 approvals to offer long-distance service throughout our entire region," said
 Davis.
     With Qwest's progress toward reentering the regional long-distance
 business and opening its markets to competitors, the company announced a new
 wholesale customer service center in Omaha.  The center is the first in
 Qwest's region to focus exclusively on ensuring a smooth transition for
 customers from Qwest's network to a competitor's and even between competitors.
     The center, which will have 75 employees, will allow Qwest to efficiently
 manage access to facilities and functions for competitors who collocate their
 equipment in Qwest's offices.  "This center is just one more way to meet the
 needs of our wholesale customers," added Davis.
     There will be an audio webcast of a 1:00 pm EDT call for media hosted by
 Steve Davis.  To access the webcast go to
 http://www.videonewswire.com/QWEST/041001.
 
     About Qwest
     Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q) is a leader in reliable,
 scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image
 communications for businesses and consumers.  The Qwest Macro Capacity(R)
 Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed
 and efficiency, spans more than 106,000 miles globally.  For more information,
 please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
 
     This release may contain projections and other 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 Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the
 most recent reports 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, volatility
 of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services
 market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new
 product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new
 services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could
 require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of
 contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital
 expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in
 technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative
 environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to
 provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory,
 failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected
 synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S
 WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of Qwest
 and U S WEST.  This release may include analysts' estimates and other
 information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no
 responsibility.  Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts'
 expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-
 looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or
 to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
 
     The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a service
 mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other
 countries.
 
 

SOURCE Qwest Communications International Inc.
    DENVER, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Qwest Communications International Inc.
 (NYSE:  Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced that
 it has achieved two significant milestones in its efforts to reenter the
 long-distance business in 14 Western states.  First, region-wide independent
 testing of Qwest's operational support systems (OSS) begins today.  In
 addition, the company has completed three-quarters of the state workshop
 sessions that evaluate Qwest's compliance with rules to reenter the long-
 distance business.  Both the OSS testing and the state workshops are scheduled
 to be completed this summer.
     "We're coming down the home stretch in our effort to get back into the
 long-distance business in our 14 state local-service territory," said Steve
 Davis, Qwest senior vice president for policy & law.  "The completion of these
 workshops and the beginning of the final phase of OSS testing means that Qwest
 is on schedule to file with the Federal Communication Commission late this
 summer for approval to offer long-distance service in at least one of our
 states."
     Qwest and regulators in 13 of the 14 states where Qwest provides local
 service are pursuing an innovative and first-of-its-kind regional approach to
 OSS testing.  During the test, which is scheduled to be completed in July,
 tens of thousands of transactions will be monitored to test the functions and
 performance of Qwest's OSS.  The independent company administering the tests
 will evaluate Qwest's performance based on hundreds of measures, which have
 been agreed to by competitors, consumer advocates, state regulatory
 commissions and their staffs, competitive telecom associations, the test
 administrator and Qwest.
     "This is where the rubber meets the road," said Montana Public Service
 Commissioner Bob Rowe, who heads up the thirteen state collaborative that is
 coordinating the test.  "For 18 months we've been engaged in the largest and
 most open process of its kind.  We've seen a new attitude from Qwest since it
 took over the system.  Just as important, I'm impressed by the commitment of
 Qwest and its competitors to reach a good result for competition and for
 customers throughout the West."
     At the same time as the OSS test planning process was underway, Qwest,
 competitors and commission staffs participated in separate state and regional
 271 workshops to determine Qwest's compliance with checklist items.  These
 open, collaborative workshops are run by regulators and are designed to
 address the needs of competitors, resolve disputes between competitors and
 Qwest, and ensure Qwest's local markets are open to competitors.  To date, 37
 of 50 of these workshops have been completed.
     "We're now three-quarters of the way though the workshops and we expect to
 have them completed by mid-summer," said Davis.  "When the workshops and the
 OSS testing are completed, customers, commissions and competitors will be
 assured of what we already know -- that there are no competitive barriers in
 our region."
     Operational support systems are the computers, processes and systems that
 facilitate such things as installation, repair and billing -- the systems a
 communications company and its employees use to provide service to customers.
 Regulators believe that it is essential for local service competition that
 competitors have the same access to these systems as local service providers.
 Qwest has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to allow competitors'
 access to its internal systems.
     Thirteen of Qwest's 14 local service states are participating in the
 region-wide OSS testing process.  The Arizona Corporation Commission is
 conducting its own test of Qwest's OSS systems and has selected Cap Gemini
 Ernst & Young as the test administrator.  Testing in Arizona, which began in
 December, is also scheduled to be completed in July.
     For the region-wide OSS test, KPMG will serve as the test administrator
 and Hewlett Packard Consulting will play the role of a newly established
 competitive local exchange carrier.  Liberty Consulting will audit the process
 to ensure compliance with the definitions for all wholesale performance
 measurements.
     Qwest intends to file its first application with the FCC this summer to
 reenter the long-distance business in one of the states in its local service
 area and to file applications for other states later this year and early next
 year.  After the first application is filed, the multi-state testing process
 is expected to allow Qwest to accelerate its filing of and the FCC's approval
 of the applications for the remaining states.  Unlike Qwest's region-wide
 approach, other local telephone companies are following a state-by-state
 approach to OSS testing.
     "We will not be the first company to get approval to offer long-distance
 services in one of our states, but we expect to be the first company to have
 approvals to offer long-distance service throughout our entire region," said
 Davis.
     With Qwest's progress toward reentering the regional long-distance
 business and opening its markets to competitors, the company announced a new
 wholesale customer service center in Omaha.  The center is the first in
 Qwest's region to focus exclusively on ensuring a smooth transition for
 customers from Qwest's network to a competitor's and even between competitors.
     The center, which will have 75 employees, will allow Qwest to efficiently
 manage access to facilities and functions for competitors who collocate their
 equipment in Qwest's offices.  "This center is just one more way to meet the
 needs of our wholesale customers," added Davis.
     There will be an audio webcast of a 1:00 pm EDT call for media hosted by
 Steve Davis.  To access the webcast go to
 http://www.videonewswire.com/QWEST/041001.
 
     About Qwest
     Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:   Q) is a leader in reliable,
 scalable and secure broadband Internet-based data, voice and image
 communications for businesses and consumers.  The Qwest Macro Capacity(R)
 Fiber Network, designed with the newest optical networking equipment for speed
 and efficiency, spans more than 106,000 miles globally.  For more information,
 please visit the Qwest web site at www.qwest.com.
 
     This release may contain projections and other 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 Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the
 most recent reports 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, volatility
 of Qwest's stock price, intense competition in the communications services
 market, changes in demand for Qwest's products and services, dependence on new
 product development and acceleration of the deployment of advanced new
 services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could
 require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of
 contemplated levels, higher than anticipated employee levels, capital
 expenditures and operating expenses, rapid and significant changes in
 technology and markets, adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative
 environment affecting Qwest's business and delays in Qwest's ability to
 provide interLATA services within its 14-state local service territory,
 failure to maintain rights of way, and failure to achieve the projected
 synergies and financial results expected to result from the acquisition of U S
 WEST timely or at all and difficulties in combining the operations of Qwest
 and U S WEST.  This release may include analysts' estimates and other
 information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no
 responsibility.  Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts'
 expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-
 looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or
 to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
 
     The Qwest logo is a registered trademark of, and CyberCenter is a service
 mark of, Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other
 countries.
 
 SOURCE  Qwest Communications International Inc.