DENVER (AP) _ Qwest Communications International Inc. is cutting 11,000 jobs as part of its plans to refocus and streamline operations following its acquisition of regional phone company U S West.

In addition to the cuts, which will affect mostly white-collar positions, Qwest will eliminate 1,800 contractor jobs, Qwest chairman and chief executive Joe Nacchio said Thursday.

Nacchio said the changes would help Qwest refocus on broadband, Internet, wireless, and bundled services, where he expected to see more growth.

``We've come a long way in a very short period time to put the new company on the right economic footing,'' Nacchio said. ``We've positioned the company to ride the right macroeconomic waves that are driving growth in our industry.''

He said revenue _ fueled by growth in broadband, wireless and Internet services as well as telephone service _ should reach between $18.8 and $19.1 billion this year, up from a target of $18.5 billion.

The company planned to cut 4,500 jobs by the end of the year and 6,500 more by the end of 2001, Nacchio said. Some 800 contract positions will be cut this year, with the 1,000 remaining cuts coming in 2001, he said.

The telecommunications company is working to sell 570,000 rural lines in various states, leaving Qwest with about 17 million lines. Nacchio declined to comment on analyst projections that Qwest would sell 5 million lines by the end of the year.

The job cuts, made to eliminate overlaps, eclipsed projections made at the time of the merger with U S West in June of 1,000 cuts. U S West had 65,000 employees while Qwest had about 71,000 at that time.

Shares of Qwest were down $2.56 to $48.88 in afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange.