CenturyLink gets invited to DISA's $4B global network services party

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is now a U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) authorized network services provider under the $4 billion Global Network Services (GNS) contract, enabling it to compete on multiple service contracts.

By winning a seat on the GNS contract, CenturyLink will be able to target new innovations like 100G and cloud to one of its largest customer segments.

Other participants in this contract are AT&T (NYSE: T), Verizon (NYSE: VZ), Level 3 Communications, Artel, BT (NYSE: BT) and GTT.

GNS will facilitate DISA's shift from the use of point-to-point circuits to newer technical approaches as the government aims to provide a single Department of Defense network for global voice, video, imagery and data transmissions on a 100G backbone by 2020. 

CenturyLink and other authorized providers can bid on task orders for wired and wireless network transport services that support the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) and the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) operations and capabilities worldwide, the majority of which reside outside of the United States.  

GNS is a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract that has a five-year base period with five one-year options and a $4.3 billion ceiling for all task orders over a 10-year period.  

As an authorized service provider, CenturyLink can bid for task orders issued by DISA to provide a series of global network transport services that include content delivery networks, VPNs, fiber-based broadband, Wi-Fi, satellite, wavelength, network security, colocation, cloud connectivity and SDN services.

While this contract win is new, CenturyLink has a long history with the DoD and DISA.

In January, the service provider won four fair opportunity task order awards from the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) that are worth up to $10 million combined.

Earlier, CenturyLink was tasked with building a fiber network for three Air Force bases in the Colorado Springs area.

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