CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings) has won a hefty federal contract under the Networx Universal program. They'll be providing the primary managed data networking services for the Social Security Administration under a $233M task order. The SSA has 62,000 employees worldwide, which seems like a heck of a lot considering it's main function is simply to redistribute money. But I digress.
CenturyLink will serve all SSA data centers, regional offices, program service centers, remote operations communications centers, and 1,500 field office locations. They'll have their work cut out for them too, remember this bit of news from last winter? Hopefully they got that sorted out by now, but there's surely more work to do.
CenturyLink's Networx Universal position derives from the Qwest deal. Qwest had also already been providing voice and collaboration services for the SSA since 2008, and their Networx Universal win surprised many at the time by pushing Sprint out.
While Networx took a while to really get going, the SSA has been handing out some nice contracts since. AT&T won a large call center solution for the SSA more than a year ago, and a few months before that it was Level 3 picking up a transport contract.
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