AOL, Qwest partner for DSL, dial-up access

AOL Time Warner and Qwest Communications International have signed multiyear agreements to partner on DSL (digital subscriber line) and dial-up services, the companies announced Thursday.

Under the agreements, Qwest will be a primary provider of high-speed and dial-up access, as well as other services, including network transport, to AOL, the companies said in a statement. Qwest has also agreed to purchase advertising across AOL Time Warner's portfolio of online, print and television outlets. Neither AOL nor Qwest would disclose the amount of advertising promised by Qwest in the agreement.

In a related announcement, Qwest Communications, through KPNQwest NV, will provide AOL with large capacity bandwidth for its European customers. Qwest operates a 113,000 mile (180,800 kilometers) worldwide broadband network. AOL has been using Qwest's network for some DSL services since 1999, the companies said.

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