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Qwest: going global through acquisitions and alliances
01 June 1999
Qwest Communications International, founded in 1988 as a subsidiary of SP Telecom, is already a major global communications company. It has sold a 10% stake to BellSouth for $3.5 billion and is completing the build of one of the most advanced fibre-optic networks. Chairman and CEO Joseph Nacchio talks to Global Telecoms Business about the operator's plans.
Qwest Communications International was founded in 1988 by Phil
Anschutz, owner of Southern Pacific railroad. In 1997 Joseph
Nacchio was appointed CEO. Since then the company has been
transformed into a leading global multimedia communications
company through a number of acquisitions and alliances. In
March 1998 Qwest acquired LCI, the fourth largest long-distance
company in the US. In April it bought EUnet International, an
ISP with branches in 14 European countries. In November Qwest
announced the formation of a joint venture with KPN, the
incumbent operator in the Netherlands.
It has also secured alliances with Microsoft to create a
seamless LAN/WAN network and stimulate IP-VPNs and E-commerce
and with Netscape to faciliate the provision of one-stop
shopping to consumers for telecoms and IP.
At the same time the operator has been building a
nation-wide fibre-optic network that will stretch for almost
19,000 miles. In April 1999 the company sold a...
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