Five telcos win government contract

1 Jun 2007

AT&T, Level 3 Communications, Qwest Communications, Sprint Nextel and Verizon have been awarded a federal telecoms contract worth up to USD20 billion over ten years, reports the Associated Press. Under the so-called ‘Networx Enterprise’ contract the five firms will compete with each other to win business from agencies looking to improve their communications services. The award follows a similar contract in late March in which Qwest AT&T and Verizon emerged as the winners of a potentially much larger USD48 billion ten-year deal. Sprint was omitted from the earlier contract so its inclusion this time is seen as critical; the firm has been supplying telecoms services to federal agencies for 18 years.