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Networkworld reports that the U.S. awarded Verizon a ten year contract to provide communication services to bases in the Pacific. The contract will support facilities in the Western U.S., Pacific Rim countries, Central and South America as well as in South West Asia. The contract has a value of $2.5 billion if all options are exercised by 2019. Verizon will manage the Defense Information Network System (DISN) for the military which is used to provide basically all communications for the facilities including internet as well as voice and video. This contract is a continuation of an earlier one won by MCI which was absorbed by Verizon.
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded their omnibus contract. See the story here. 12 companies qualified for the up to $12 B contract. The contract is a 5 year plus 5 option years. By qualifying for this type of contract Federal agencies, primarily related to DoD, can buy services, hardware and software from the various companies.
According to Federal Computer Weekly, the DISA reevaluated the Encore II IT solutions contract. The agency had originally planned to limit the number of awards and bidders. It has now decided not to do that. See the article here. The contract could have a value of up to $12 B dollars and can last 10 years. The original awards in the contract had been successfully protested by losers. The GAO upheld the protest in May, 2007.