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    BJ's Upgrading IP Data Network

    NATICK, Mass. -- BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. and Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc. said yesterday that they have signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar data networking agreement, under which Qwest will connect all of BJ's club locations with Qwest iQ Networking services, Qwest's wide-area network (WAN) solution, and be the company's primary data network provider for data services.

    NATICK, Mass. -- BJ's Wholesale Club, Inc. and Denver-based Qwest Communications International Inc. said yesterday that they have signed a multiyear, multimillion-dollar data networking agreement, under which Qwest will connect all of BJ's club locations with Qwest iQ Networking services, Qwest's wide-area network (WAN) solution, and be the company's primary data network provider for data services.

    Qwest's nationwide IP network will enable BJ's to ultimately combine its voice and data applications on a single private network, permitting the retailer to transfer large amounts of complex data over a secure, reliable network.

    "Qwest IP Networking services will allow BJ's to improve operational effectiveness, provide enhanced member services, and establish a foundation to meet future business opportunities," said BJ's s.v.p. and c.i.o. John Polizzi in a statement.

    "Transitioning to Qwest's nationwide network will help BJ's meet its increasing demands for more bandwidth and will provide seamless communications at club locations," added Tom Richards, e.v.p., Qwest business markets group. "With speeds up to 40 gigabits per second, Qwest's network is capable of virtually any bandwidth demand."

    BJ's operates 175 clubs and 99 gas stations in 16 eastern states.

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