Big buy planned for GIG-BE
- By Bob Brewin
- May 18, 2005
DATS RFP Notice
The Defense Information Systems Agency plans to kick off an acquisition next week of 3,000 to 5,000 circuits to flesh out the Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) network.
Agency officials plan a May 25 release of the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) Access Transport Services (DATS) solicitation, Tony Montemarano, the agency's GIG-BE program director, told Federal Computer Week today. It would probably be one of the largest network acquisitions in DISA's pipeline, said Montemarano, who declined to put a price tag on DATS.
Executives of telecommunications companies interviewed this week at the annual AFCEA International TechNet conference speculated that the procurement for the fiber-optic network could be worth $300 million to $500 million over a 10-year period.
Agency officials expect the access services acquisition to provide what Montemarano described as "the tail" between 404 nodes on the current DISN and the nodes on GIG-BE, which should have between 85 and 88 nodes by September. The DATS circuits will mainly connect military facilities to the GIG-BE, Montemarano said, adding that in some cases, the circuits will provide point-to-point connections between DISN nodes without using GIG-BE as the transport.
The DATS contract will replace MCI and AT&T contracts that expire next year, and will also allow the agency to maximize use of GIG-BE, with all voice, video and data traffic running via that network based on IP, Montemarano said. DISA plans to award up to four regional DATS contracts, he added.