Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced its affiliate, Qwest Communications Corporation, has signed a new three-year, multimillion dollar contract with the state of Arizona to provide more than 75 telecommunications products and services to state agencies, cities, counties, K-12 schools, and colleges and universities throughout Arizona. The contract allows for two one-year extensions.Qwest worked with local independent telephone companies, tribal nation telephone companies and wireless providers throughout Arizona to provide a truly integrated, statewide network of service providers that will result in an expanded coverage area.
The Qwest statewide network of service providers will help the state create a customized network by using Qwest iQ Networking(TM) service, the company's multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) wide-area networking (WAN) solution. With Qwest iQ Networking, all of the state agencies can use the same technology, which increases efficiency and adds value to existing communications by simplifying the state's communications management in all areas of Arizona, rural and metro areas alike.
"We couldn't be more pleased to expand Qwest's customer-oriented, award-winning iQ Networking services to customers in Arizona," said Tom Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. "The state of Arizona is a longtime Qwest customer, and we are happy to provide the state with newer technologies that will work for its agencies and constituents."
Qwest launched iQ Networking in early 2004 to give customers an end-to-end WAN service that supports the entire spectrum of data, voice and video business applications. Qwest iQ Networking focuses on solving problems, reducing total cost and delivering an unparalleled service experience.