Werner Jumps to Qwest


A cable engineering icon will now compete head-to-head with his former

Former AT&T Broadband and Tele-Communications Inc. chief technology
officer Tony Werner has jumped ship from his six-month gig at optical start-up
Aurora Networks to join Qwest Communications International Inc. as executive
vice president of strategic technology. He reports to Afshin Mohebbi, Qwest's
president and chief operating officer.

In his new role, Werner will oversee Qwest physical plant that will compete
directly against dozens of AT&T Broadband cable systems he rebuilt during
his tenure at the MSO, including those in Denver and Salt Lake City.

Greg Braden, now AT&T Broadband's CTO and executive vice president of
broadband services, succeeded Werner last October.

'Tony will oversee strategic technology planning and development in the 14
states where we provide local telephone service, as well as in other markets
across the United States and the world where Qwest competes with incumbent
communications providers,' Mohebbi said in a press release.

Considering his experience with digital-video technology, Werner could be an
instrumental piece in Qwest's future very high-speed digital-subscriber-line
plans. The company currently offers VDSL services in Phoenix and in Highlands
Ranch, Colo., a Denver suburb.

Werner was not immediately available for further comment.