The next big telecommunications and infrastructure purchasing vehicle for the US Government has been awarded. The GSA’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solution contract has some 10 winners, which means it’s the usual suspects plus a few one might not have expected.
The GSA EIS contract has a 15 year, $50B overall scope, and basically replaces the Networx framework. Purchases on the Networx contract were about $1.8B in 2016, and that contract has been extended to 2020 as the transition is made to GSA EIS. $2B per year in revenue is basically what bidders wanted a piece of.
Verizon, AT&T, and CenturyLink are of course there as incumbent providers along with BT Federal. MicroTech, Harris, and Core Technologies have been awarded spots as integrators. And Level 3 Communications kept the spot it won with Networx Enterprise, and is joined by MetTel and Granite Telecommunications as competitive providers.
MetTel for one stands to gain quite a bit from this contract, and the company has been expanding its federal presence for a while now in hopes of this sort of award. By leveraging infrastructure from across the industry, they hope to carve out a niche for themselves among federal agencies by being more nimble and responsive than the larger providers generally are.
Of course, first things first. There are still the usual federal hoops for all the providers to jump through before everything is ready to rumble.
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