International fiber operator Level 3 Communications (NYSE:LVLT, news, filings) has had its big DISA contract award finalized according to a release this morning. Of course if you read this site regularly you saw this one go by almost four months ago, but government contracts do tend operate in their own parallel temporal existence. We do have a few more details now though.
Level 3 will be providing “Managed Capacity and Transport” services, fiber infrastructure and maintenance support, IP-based infrastructure, and professional support services to DoD facilities throughout the US. Basically, Level 3 will be providing, maintaining, and helping to manage DISA’s national IP and fiber backbone.
It’s a 10-year deal worth up to $410.8M, although since it’s indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity that particular number doesn’t mean too much by itself. Nevertheless, this sort of deal has historically gone to the incumbent providers, and is therefore a big feather in the cap of Level 3’s Federal Markets Group. Given how focused Verizon and AT&T are on their wireless business these days, perhaps Level 3 will be able to make additional federal inroads.
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