Today Verizon (NYSE:VZ, news, filings) Business announced an expanded role serving the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The $169M multi-year award came under the GSA’s Networx Universal contract, and continues a long term relationship that derived from MCI Worldcom under Networx’s predecessor FTS2001. Verizon Business will manage and secure the agency’s IP and data networks, supporting daily operations across the country.
Featured in the release is the expanded role HHS is to take on under the new health care reforms, which will require greater scale and especially greater security. On the menu are, apparently, a VPN and VoIP to empower employees, managed firewalls and intrusion detection, and of course web and video conferencing. What, no telepresence? Well, even if that is part of the plans it would get its own PR anyway.
This contract wasn’t likely to go to anyone other than Verizon, AT&T, or Qwest, as it probably covers too much ground to be under Networx Enterprise. But that’s just at the top level, other providers will have a shot at subcontracting slots.
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