GSA awards wireless contract to Nextel

Nextel Communications Inc. has won a two-year contract from the General Services Administration to continue providing mobile radio services to federal, state and local agencies receiving federal funding.

The Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio services contract has three one-year options and is valued at $200 million per year, the company said.

Under the indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract, Nextel of Reston, Va., will offer its full range of products and services, including:

Java-enabled wireless phones
Wireless packet data tools
Long-range, two-way walkie-talkie capability
Messaging services; custom network solutions
Emergency response rental program.

Nextel was the only company to bid on the contract'it was the only one able to meet the walkie-talkie requirement, said Audrey Schaefer, a company spokeswoman.

The suite of services is being delivered on Nextel's digital voice and packet data network.

Nextel was awarded its initial GSA contract in March 1999. Sales under that contract have exceeded expectations, the company said. Schaefer declined to provide a sales figure for the initial contract.

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