CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is now offering Genband's application server solutions to federal government customers that purchase services off its GSA Networx contract vehicle portfolio.
Joining fellow service providers AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ) and Level 3 Communications, CenturyLink, which is a prime Networx Universal and Networx Enterprise contractor, secured an extension through spring 2020.
Networx customers can now purchase Genband's EXPERiUS Application Server, which recently gained Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) certification. The platform provides fully-featured multimedia communications applications and integrates voice, video, instant messaging, presence, mobility, conferencing and collaboration over any network or any device.
While this agreement with CenturyLink is new, Genband already had a history with the federal government as a number of agencies had already deployed legacy Nortel equipment, which are reaching the end of their service life. Genband, which acquired Nortel's carrier business in 2010, can provide a migration path for those customers while protecting existing deployments.
Gaining JITC certification is key for Genband because it will open up opportunities for the vendor to win similar deals to provide its gear to agencies that are served by other Networx contract holders like AT&T, Verizon, and Level 3.
The JITC-certified Application Server offers government agencies a virtualized architecture that can be deployed via commercial off-the-shelf hardware, either on premises or in a private cloud.
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