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Qwest Wins AOL Backbone Deal

Qwest Communications Inc. Wednesday won a $13 million, multi-year contract to provide backbone capacity to America Online Inc.

Qwest will provide AOL with high-speed IP connectivity, private line and collocation services as well as additional bandwidth.

AOL will deploy several high-speed connections from Qwest, ranging in speeds from OC-3, or 155 megabits per second, to OC-48, or 2.4 gigabits per second, in key cities throughout the country.

Qwest said the backbone will ensure data an dimages will travel reliably and securely between customers' computers and AOL servers.

"This agreement with AOL clearly illustrates their continuing commitment to delivering the highest-quality performance for its members as well as Qwest's ability to deliver reliable, high-speed access to support Internet communications services," said Shaun Gilmore, Qwest's senior vice president of national accounts.

Joe Barrett, AOL's vice president of Internet operations, said Qwest was selected because its state-of-the-art network will enhance the Internet experience of its 15 million members.

"We're confident that Qwest's network will scale with the growth of AOL and the Internet at large," he said.