AT&T, CenturyLink, Level 3, and Verizon Business get invited to the DoD $4.3B services contract

AT&T (NYSE: T), CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL), Level 3, Verizon Business (NYSE: VZ) and a host of other service providers got their tickets to participate in the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) services contract to compete for contracts worth up to $4.3 billion.

Other participants include Artel, BT (NYSE: BT) and GTT.

As an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the new contract is focused on providing telecom network solutions and services that support the transmission requirements of DISA's enterprise-level infrastructure.

According to a post on the Defense Department's website, the focus of the work will be centered on providing services to regions outside of the United States.

Under the terms of the contract, the first task order will provide a minimum guarantee of $500 to each awardee. After that point each service provider will compete for future task orders.

While no one has won anything yet, getting a spot on this list is important as these service providers try to enhance their public sector revenue coffers.

Each of these service providers, particularly AT&T, BT, CenturyLink, Level 3 and Verizon, have the chops to compete not only for federal government service contracts but also for serving international enterprise service needs.

One service provider that could really enhance its profile is GTT, which operates as a virtual network operator.

Over the past five years, GTT has continued to enhance its reach by making a number of targeted acquisitions, including MegaPath's managed services business and One Source Networks, two providers that immediately deepened its domestic and international network reach.

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