By officially releasing a draft request for proposals this week for the upcoming Connections II contract, the General Services Administration (GSA) believes that government agencies will have a "one-stop shop" for telecom and networking products and services.
As a successor to the Connections contract that expires next year, Connections II will complement the woefully behind schedule telecom services Networx contract (currently held by AT&T, Qwest, Verizon, Level 3 and Sprint) with a set of IT networking capabilities, including: communications and networking; IT operations, administration and management support; customer service and technical support; and building/campus facility preparation.
With an estimated price tag of $35 billion, the GSA Connections II RFP said it will cover "all labor and equipment necessary to support communications and networking solutions at the LAN, building, campus, and enterprise level."
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Waiting on the feds
Qwest announced a $14. Million Networx win from NASA this week
Networx contract competition was authorized to begin in 2007
Networx contracts were barely trickling out in early 2008
More Networx contracts had been settled by the end of 2008