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QCS Scores $22M Contract

Enterprise ASP Qwest Cyber.Solutions LLC (QCS) Thursday (March 1) announced that it has been awarded a $22 million, five-year contract from Expanets, a provider of networked communications solutions to mid-sized businesses.

"With this big win, QCS has demonstrated again that we have the strength, backing, technology and credibility that attracts and assures large customers like Expanets," said John Charters, president and CEO of Qwest Cyber.Solutions. "Additionally, our focus on delivering top-quality products and services for companies in the communications industry made us the compelling choice for Expanets."

Expanets has experienced rapid growth in the last two years, fueled by the acquisition of more than 25 local communications and data networking companies and the Growing and Emerging Markets (GEM) Division of Lucent Technologies. As a result, the company required a scalable and robust system that would provide integrated customer relationship and financial application functionality.

QCS Freedom for Hosted Applications provides a scalable solution for Expanets' users of Oracle's ERP applications and Siebel System's CRM applications. Hosted in Qwest's Denver CyberCenter, Expanets solution will run on QCS' reliable infrastructure called QCS Sentry and will be backed by backed by QCS' Enhanced Response ProofPositive service level agreement.

"In order to maintain optimum productivity and quality levels for our clients in a fast-growth, high-demand environment such as ours, we require swift and efficient systems," said Ernest DeNigris, executive vice president, CIO and CTO, Expanets. "QCS' hosted solution incorporates our key business applications, enabling us to seamlessly connect our sales, service and marketing teams with our financial systems."

Qwest Cyber.Solutions is the industry's largest enterprise applications service provider delivering business solutions through remote management and hosting of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and Business-to-Business (B2B) and Business to Employee (B2E) applications.

QCS' Enterprise Freedom Suite of products offer fully managed, flexible, scalable and secure IT solutions. A limited liability corporation owned by Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), QCS leverages Qwest's Internet Protocol broadband network and CyberCenters. QCS' software applications portfolio includes Ariba, Captura, Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP and Siebel Systems.

Expanets is the nation's largest provider of integrated networked communications solutions to businesses ranging from 20 to 500 employees, and is also strongly positioned to serve larger businesses and clients with multiple locations. Expanets, with more than $1.4 billion in annualized revenues and a nationwide base of 750,000 clients, has more than 200 offices located throughout the U.S., and more than 4,000 associates.

Expanets has experienced rapid growth since March 1998, fueled by the acquisition of over 25 leading local, entrepreneurial communications and data networking companies, as well as Lucent Technology's Growing and Emerging Markets (GEM) Division. Expanets was founded in 1998 by NorthWestern Corporation (NYSE: NOR).



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