GSA taps AT&T, Level 3, MCI, Qwest and Sprint for Networx Enterprise

The General Services Administration today awarded the second of its two multi-year, multibillion-dollar Networx telecommunications services contracts, dividing the Networx Enterprise portion among AT&T, Level 3 Communications, MCI Communications Services (doing business as Verizon Business Services), Qwest Government Services and Sprint Solutions.

The government-wide Networx contracts cover a mix of about 50 services available to 135 agencies worldwide, including voice, IP, wireless, satellite and IP-based services such as voice-over-IP using Internet Protocol version 6. The Networx Enterprise portion is worth up to $20 billion.

In April, GSA awarded Networx Universal, with a potential value of $48.1 billion, to AT&T, Qwest Government Services and MCI Communications Services.

The Networx Enterprise deal had fewer service requirements and asked for a smaller global footprint than required by Networx Universal, resulting in a smaller contract. While smaller in scope, Networx Enterprise may offer agencies better pricing than Network Universal, according to GSA officials.

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