Qwest Communications International has announced a multimillion dollar agreement with Microsoft to be a major provider of local dial-up internet access to MSN subscribers.
Qwest is also supplying high-speed dedicated internet access links to Microsoft internet data centers, as well as to London through KPNQwest, its European joint venture with Dutch telecommunications company KPN.
Together, these agreements will increase the capacity of MSN internet access. Qwest will have more than a million dial ports by the end of this year. Later this quarter, MSN will utilize the Qwest IP network and enable dial-up with modem speeds up to 128Kbps.