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Qwest Launches Q.home

Qwest Communications International Inc., Monday launched Q.home Internet Services, its new Internet offering targeting both the consumer and business segment.

The service is the result of a series of aggressive acquisitions and alliances put together over the past six months.

Q.home now offers comsumer dial-up access, Web hosting, paging and conferencing and fax services in addition to Qwest Communication's current broadband business and consumer IP services. Q.home is available in 95 percent of the nation's homes and business.

Qwest completed its merger with Icon CMT Corp. earlier this month. The merger with the Web hosting company further solidified Qwest's strategic alliance with Microsoft Corp. to deliver advanced hosting and e-commerce applications by the second quarter of this year.

Qwest attained revenue sharing and customer acquisition agreements with Netscape Communications Corp.. Qwest signed a multi-million dollar, multi-year agreement with Covad Communications Group Inc. last week to obtain DSL access in 22 U.S. metropolitan markets.

"From the beginning, Qwest built its world class network to be optimized for the Internet and to help drive the convergence of image, data and voice communications," said Joseph P. Nacchio, Qwest president and chief executive officer.

"With experts predicting 28 million households and 2 million businesses will be online by the end of this year, Qwest intends to seize the enormous market opportunity and provide businesses and consumers with fast, reliable and secure Internet applications and benefits."