CenturyLink Wins $250M for Private Defense Comm.; Diana Gowen Comments

Diana Gowen, CenturyLink The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) a multi-year task order worth more than $250 million to provide the Pentagon with private line communications. CenturyLink said in a release it will provide the services as the Pentagon transitions to Networx, a communications contract program for the federal government. The task order will be fully...

Bill O’Neill Heads to Global Crossing to Lead Fed Sales

Bill O'Neill Global Crossing (Nasdaq: GLBC) has hired Bill O’Neill to lead federal sales. O’Neill formerly served as vice president of Qwest Government Services. “I’m delighted to be joining Global Crossing at a time when there is so much attention focused on cybersecurity, virtualization and IP solutions,” O’Neill said. “The company’s global reach,...

Qwest’s Diana Gowen on MTIPS Approval

Qwest’s (NYSE: Q) Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Service (MTIPS) has been approved for use by federal agencies to meet upcoming deadlines set by the Office of Management and Budget for securing external access points to the Internet. According the firm, “Qwest provides its MTIPS Internet security solution in a cloud-based environment that is in full...

CenturyLink Aquires Qwest Communications

CenturyLink (CenturyTel, Inc., NYSE: CTL) and Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q) announced today that their boards of directors have approved a definitive agreement under which CenturyLink will acquire Qwest in a tax-free, stock-for-stock transaction. Under the terms of the agreement, Qwest shareholders will receive 0.1664 CenturyLink shares for each share of Qwest common stock they own at closing. Upon...

Qwest’s Diana Gowen on New Cyber Center

According to The New New Internet: “Last month, Qwest Communications opened a new facility in the Washington, DC area for cloud computing infrastructure services, its 17th Cyber Center in the nation. In a recent interview with Fed Cloud Blog, Diana Gowen, senior vice president and general manager at Qwest Government Systems, discussed the opening of the new center and the cloud computer infrastructure...

Qwest Teams with NBA Star Barbosa for Charity

As part of Qwest Communications “Team Assist” Program, Phoenix Suns player Leandro Barbosa delivered $5,000 in new sports equipment to two Arizona high school basketball programs. The former NBA Sixth Man of the Year Barbosa was joined by Qwest Arizona President Jim Campbell and Suns mascot “The Gorilla.” The equipment includes reversible uniforms, travel bags and suits, shooting...

QWest Announces New Revolving Credit Facility

In a press release, Qwest Communications International Inc announced it has entered a new  $1 Billion revolving credit facility with Wachovia Banks. The new credit agreement is currently undrawn, but once drawn will extend through September 2013. The service provider is currently not using the money, if used it will be for corporate purposes including working capital, capital expenditures and debt...

News- Paisley Index Highlights Qwest

Qwest has been chosen by the Paisley National Directory Assistance Performance Index for leading the industry in directory assistance calls. This is the 11th consecutive time that Qwest has been chosen for the honor. The Paisley Index comes from customer satisfaction surveys for directory assistance. Qwest ranked number 1 in all three categories. The categories include: long distance, local telecom...

Qwest launches new backhaul solution for wireless providers

Last week, Qwest announced at the 4G World conference in Chicago that it is has launched a new backhaul solution for wireless providers. Its new Wholesale’s Mobile Ethernet Backhaul service apparently can be modified to fit a provider’s requirements while designed to be a solution for its 3G, LTE and WiMAX needs. By leveraging Qwest’s fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) deployment, Qwest Mobile...

Qwest Wins $14.2 Million NASA Contract to Upgrade Corporate Backbone Circuits

NASA has awarded a $14.2 million contract to Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q), to upgrade its Corporate Backbone circuits from 2.5Gbps to 10Gbps. Diana Gowen, Qwest Government Services, Senior Vice President and General Manager at Qwest Government Services, said of the contract win, “Qwest provides a nationwide wavelength infrastructure that will provide NASA with a broad range of technical capabilities...