The General Services Administration posted detailed data on how the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract might be divvied up.
The General Services Administration named 10 prime contractors on its long-awaited $50 billion telecom contract on Aug. 1.
The real winners and losers on the deal, though, will play out in the task orders, which will span every federal agency in every region of the country and include just about every conceivable type of communications service.
Now GSA has released the details of which vendor are eligible to compete for task orders in various categories and locales.
That data will help agencies plan their transitions to the new vehicle and let contractors know who they're up against when it comes to service delivery.
The newly released information includes coverage details for the 932 Core Based Statistical Areas in the U.S. for circuit-switched voice services, Internet Protocol voice services, and a dozen optional services including mobile and cloud services. The data indicates which companies are primary providers for services in each CBSA.
GSA required all EIS participants to bid on the top 25 CBSAs in order to qualify for the contract. Those areas include the major metropolitan areas in the United States. GSA's maps for the EIS contract show the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area as the number one CBSA.
John Okay, executive consultant at Topside Consulting Group, said the data is a starting point for agencies to begin comparing what each provider offers under EIS in each CBSA where the agencies have facilities.
Each agency, he said, will need to peruse the tables according to their needs, locations and plans for the future.
"Many agencies using TDM circuit switched services," he said, "would want to look in the Circuit Switched Voice Services table." Other agencies that may have more advanced telecommunications capabilities might want to start in the Internet Protocol Voice Services table, he suggested.
The data are more complex than the service matrices for past federal telecommunications contracts such as Networx, because EIS offers more options and greater competition.
Under Networx, agencies chose among five carriers. For EIS, GSA named 10 providers who cover the top 25 CBSA, and there are multiple providers in each of the 932 areas served.
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