Thursday, July 23, 2009

Social Security Administration Chooses Verizon, AT&T

The U.S. Social Security Administration selected Verizon Business to serve as primary IP and data services provider, under a new Networx Universal task order. Under the agreement, valued at $140 million through 2017 if all options are exercised, Verizon Business will continue to advance and manage the SSA's wide-area network, known as the Enterprise-Wide Network Infrastructure (SSANet). In addition, Verizon Business will transition to an MPLS platform for the portion of the SSANet used for connecting to external business partners. Verizon Business previously implemented a similar transition for the SSA's internal network.

The SSA also named AT&T Government Solutions as secondary data network provider. This contract was valued at approximately $80 million. The agency leveraged the $20 billion U.S. General Services Administration Networx Universal contract to make the award. AT&T noted that it has served the voice and data network needs of SSA for several years. AT&T currently provides MPLS services to support approximately 1,000 SSA locations throughout the United States, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Alaska.

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