Level 3's federal team has landed a high profile Network-as-a-Service contract. The Department of Homeland Security has awarded them a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for LAN managed services under WITS-3 in the National Capital Region.
Level 3 will be handling the design, engineering, installation, monitoring, and management of an end-to-end solution. They'll deliver a combination of transport, Ethernet, IP, managed voice, and conferencing services. The network will hook up 'nearly 60' DHS locations including the HQ at St. Elizabeths.
When the purchase of tw telecom is complete in a few months, Level 3's ability to compete for Federal contracts should get another significant boost. While tw isn't big in the DC area itself, they do serve many military bases around the country. The combined metro and longhaul fiber footprint will make it possible to keep much more on-net, thereby letting them compete more effectively with Verizon, AT&T, and the like for this sort of thing.