Qwest continues to reap the rewards of dining at the General Service Administration's Networx Universal services table, as the service provider has secured a new $14.2 million broadband contract from NASA. Under the terms of the eight-year agreement, Qwest is tasked with upgrading the speed of NASA's Corporate Backbone network from 2.5 Gbps to 10 Gbps.
NASA's Corporate Backbone is an internal broadband network the agency uses to give its employees and leaders WAN transport for various applications, including basic e-mail and collaboration, as well as advanced scientific, financial and business applications for its headquarters, field centers and other partner facilities in the U.S. and abroad. The network will leverage Qwest's Optical Wave Services (OWS), which Qwest says can adapt to almost any architecture (ring, mesh or linear) NASA could require at its diverse locations.
Qwest, like its two other Networx Universal service provider counterparts AT&T and Verizon, has fared well in the GSA Networx task order race. In addition to this latest win, Qwest previously was awarded an $18 million, nine-year voice and data service deal with NASA, and it won $60 million worth of business from the department of Veterans Affairs (VA) last fall.
Qwest adds GSA services contract to Networx wins