GSA awards $1B in telecom deals
- By Bryant Jordan
- May 01, 2000
Contracts estimated to total more than $1 billion have gone to five companies
to supply telecommunications services to federal agencies operating in four
major metropolitan areas.
The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service awarded
multimillion-dollar contracts to WinStar Communications Inc., AT&T,
Bell South, Southwestern Bell and SBC Global Services to provide local voice
and data communications services to four cities and surrounding regions.
which in March captured three Metropolitan Area Acquisition contracts, was
the biggest winner in the latest round. It will provide service in each
of the four latest MAAs but share the contracts with other companies.
* In Atlanta and Miami, where the contracts are estimated to be worth
$520 million and $140 million, respectively, WinStar's contract partner
will be Bell South.
* In Indianapolis, Winstar will share an estimated $240 million contract
with AT&T and SBC Global Services.
* In St. Louis, WinStar will share
in a contract worth about $140 million with Southwestern Bell.
The GSA anticipates awarding 20 MAA contracts by the end of the fiscal
year. The only cities remaining to be awarded are Albuquerque, N.M.; New
Orleans; Boise, Idaho; and Philadelphia, according to Clare McFadden, a
contracting officer for GSA.
Only bidding for the Philadelphia MAA remains open, and that closes
May 15, she said.
This latest round of contracts represent Phase Two of the MAA program.
McFadden said GSA expects more MAAs to be awarded in the next fiscal year.