Companies with experience managing a network of 40, 000 computers or more will now be allowed to bid on the contract, according to the Post. The Navy previously required companies to have experience managing 100, 000 or more computers.
The Navy’s new requirement will attract more bidders, including small contracting firms, the Post reported. Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) currently holds the $1.5 billion a-year contract to operate the Navy’s communications network.
The Navy plans to open the competition no earlier than the end of January, the Post reported.