GSA awards Enterprise

The General Services Administration awarded last week the second of its two multiyear, 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 governmentwide Networx contracts cover a mix of about 50 services available to 135 agencies worldwide, including voice, IP, wireless, satellite and IP-based services.

The Enterprise portion is worth as much as $20 billion. In April, GSA awarded Networx Universal 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. Although smaller in scope, Networx Enterprise may offer agencies better pricing than Network Universal, GSA officials say.

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