MAA local services awarded in Texas

MAA local services awarded in Texas

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service this week awarded two Metropolitan Area Acquisition contracts for local telecommunications at federal agencies in and around San Antonio, cutting current rates there by an estimated 50 percent.

Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. and Winstar Communications Inc. of New York will provide voice, switched data and dedicated transmission services in the San Antonio area.

The new MAA awards bring the total number of cities served to 21.The contracts, worth an estimated $239 million over four base years and four optional years, are the first in the third phase of the program, which will serve six more metro areas.

All MAA contractors are required to provide agencies with one-stop shopping for voice with Integrated Services Digital Network capability, circuit-switched data and dedicated transmission. Agencies also must have access at the same pace as commercial customers to advanced services such as packet-switched data, IP, frame relay, asynchronous transfer mode, switched multimegabit data service, Synchronous Optical Network, videoconferencing and digital subscriber lines.

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