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MetTel nabs $253M EIS task order

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The Social Security Administration issued a $253 million task order earlier this month to MetTel under the General Services Administration’s $50 billion, next-generation telecommunications contract.

The award was made by the SSA on Feb. 4, according to contracting documents, and runs until July 2032. MetTel, tagged under its old name Manhattan Telecommunications Corp. on the order, beat out three other vendors, according to the filing.

According to industry sources, the order covers SSA's "Grand SLLAM" unified local, long distance and access management services. The order combined three previous separate Networx contracts, with an eye to move away from aging and expensive services, towards more efficient IP-based voice services.

The agency is splitting up its telecommunications services and management among a number of EIS carriers, leveraging the GSA contract with a number of task orders in the last seven months.

Last September, SSA issued two large EIS task orders to CenturyLink and Verizon. CenturyLink received a $470 million order for data network services, while it awarded Verizon’s Business Network Services operations a $544 million order to continue its enterprise network of toll free services.

"MetTel is delighted with our first win on the GSA Enterprise Infrastructure Solution contract,” Diana Gowen, general manager and senior vice president at MetTel's Federal Program said in a statement emailed to FCW on Feb. 27.

The award looks to be the first to one to tap one of EIS three small business contractors: MetTel, Core Technologies and Microtech.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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