DISA solicits circuit bids

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The Defense Information Systems Agency today released its Defense Information Systems Network Access Transport Services Contract proposal, which is valued in the $500 million range.

The contract would provide DISA with up to 5,000 circuits connecting military bases with DISA's Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion fiber optic backbone network, which should have just under than 90 nodes by this fall.

The procurement documents call for contractors to provide circuits ranging from voice grade 3 KHz voice circuits to broadband fiber optic data networks operating at speeds of up to 10 gigabits/sec.

DISA has split the procurement into four regional contacts covering the west, midwest, southeast and northeast of the continental United States and both regional carriers such as Qwest Communications and national carriers such as MCI and AT&T are expected to bid on one or more of the contracts.

Last month, Tony Montemarano, the agency's GIG-BE program director, said the procurement ranks as one of the largest acquisitions in DISA's pipeline.

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