tw telecom snags WAN Cloud B service contract from U.S. health department

tw telecom (Nasdaq: TWTC) ratcheted another point in its public sector column by winning a contract from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide a new Wide Area Network (WAN – Cloud B) that will interconnect three HHS Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) site locations.

This customer award includes an estimated initial five-month base term with options for four successive one-year periods not to exceed $21.85 million.   

The service provider will supply the agency with various 10G optical services that will serve as transport backbone for the HHS TIC traffic between the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indian Health Services (IHS) sites in Ashburn, Va.; Atlanta; and Albuquerque, N.M., respectively.   

One of the unique elements of this network build is that it will support Telecommunications Service Priority (TSP) to ensure rapid service restoration.

Winning this contract with the HHS is significant to tw telecom in that it enhances its standing as a key supplier in the public sector.

Joining other competitors such as Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT) and Windstream (Nasdaq: WIN), tw telecom won a seat on the GRITS II (GSA Region 4 Integrated Telecommunications Services) contract last April. This contract enabled them to bid on and provide communications services to support 2,000 federal government agencies in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

tw telecom also holds a spot on the General Service Administration's (GSA) Schedule 70 in addition to GSA region 5, 7, and 9 Local Service Acquisition Contracts.

For more:
- see the release

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