Qwest answers Minn. call for outsourced voice services
- By William Welsh
- Apr 22, 2003
Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver has won a two-year, $22 million contract from Minnesota for voice services.
The contract has options, worth $44 million, for up to four years. If all options are exercised, the contract would be worth $66 million over six years, said Vince Hancock, a company spokesman.
Under the contract announced Monday, Qwest will deliver Centron, a Centrex service, to more than 2,600 locations throughout Minnesota.
Centron is a managed, outsourced, business telephone service that is leased to businesses instead of them buying or leasing their own on-premise phone system. Centron is a single-line telephone service with numerous features, such as call waiting, call forwarding and call transfer.
Qwest Communications, a provider of voice, video and data services, has more than 50,000 employees and annual sales of $15.4 billion, according to Hoover's Online of Austin, Texas.
William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.