Qwest Communications International Inc. in Denver announced today that it had been awarded a US$50 million contract by the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE) in support of DOE's Energy Sciences Network (ESnet).
ESnet is a backbone network connecting more than 30 major research sites that focus on new energy sources, genetics, global climate change and other scientific issues. Under the contract, Qwest said it would provide performance levels up to one terabit per second by 2005.
Qwest said in a statement that DOE's bandwidth requirements for the network are doubling yearly, driven by need to share computer resources from multiple locations in real time.