Ten companies have been awarded positions on the General Services Administration’s $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Services contract, replacing Networx as the government go-to for telecommunication services, according to a GSA release issued on FedBizOpps today.
These companies will vie for agency attention as providers of telecom services ranging from cloud infrastructure to network security.
Bill Zielinski, deputy assistant commissioner for category management in the GSA Federal Acquisition Service, spoke at an industry conference earlier this July, stating that the contract will assist in agencies adapt to the “digitally converged world” that has grown in multitudes since the original contract was conceived under Networx.
This contract has been in the making since 2014, as GSA officials have said that they are looking for a heterogeneous blend of “traditional and non-traditional” telecommunications services providers.
Through the $50 billion purchase, agencies will be able to procure data and voice services, cloud computing, commericial satellite communications and wireless services like video conferencing.
Networx was extended in 2015 for another three years, responsible for providing approximately $2 billion in services to agencies just last year. Four of the companies that recived awards today–Verizon, AT&T, CenturyLink and Level 3 Communications–are headed under the Networx moniker.
The selected companies are:
- Level 3 Communications
- Core Technologies
- Granite Telecommunications
- Harris Corp .
- Manhattan Telecommunications (MetTel)
- BT Federal
With a five-year base period and two five-year options, EIS is one of the largest contracts to be awarded in 2017.