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Verizon Business has officially unveiled a comprehensive suite of services and capabilities to help the federal government usher in a new era of advanced communications services under the multibillion-dollar Networx Universal contract awarded by the U.S. General Services Administration on March 29.
In a meeting in Virginia Thursday (May 10) with representatives from federal agencies that soon will begin submitting orders under Networx Universal, Verizon Business provided an overview of the cutting-edge voice, data, wireless, security and Internet services the company is prepared to provide to more than 135 government agencies around the globe. Verizon Business was one of three prime contractors awarded the Networx Universal contract, which authorizes the company to compete for business from individual agencies.
Networx Universal is the first of two Networx contracts awarded by the GSA to modernize federal government communications with seamless, secure and interoperable services to support the business of government.
The second contract, Networx Enterprise, is expected to be awarded later this month.
The Networx program is among the largest federal communication contracts in history and has an overall value estimated at $20 billion over 10 years spread among all awardees. Networx will replace FTS2001 and several other telecommunications agreements.
"We are ready to help the federal government unleash the power of Internet protocol, wireless and other advanced services," said Susan Zeleniak, vice president for Verizon Federal, an organization within Verizon Business dedicated to serving federal government customers. "As a communications provider to the federal government under the GSA FTS2001 contract, we have the unique experience to help agencies transition to Networx. We realize that transitioning from one network to another is not without challenges, and we are committed to working with our government customers to address their distinctive needs for today while anticipating their needs for tomorrow."
Verizon Business, which received its notice to proceed from the GSA last month, has readied its systems to provide the 36 mandatory services as well as optional services that Verizon Business will provide under Networx Universal. The Verizon Business customer portal, known as the Networx Universal Customer Center, is now available. Customers can obtain information on products, services and training programs; registered users will be able to order and manage products and services online, manage networks, and view invoices.
In addition, Verizon Business has taken steps to meet the government's demands for next-generation networking services. The company last year opened a new Government Network Operations and Security Center (GNOSC), a state-of-the-art facility in Northern Virginia dedicated to supporting the unique security and operational requirements of federal government customers. The GNOSC, built to government security standards, supports the managed network services Verizon Business provides to a wide variety of federal government agencies.
The GNOSC, along with Verizon Business's vBNS+ (Very High Speed Backbone Network Service), will play an important role in helping the federal government adopt the next generation of Internet protocol -- known as version six, or IPv6 -- and meet the Office of Management and Budget's mandated transition target of June 2008. Verizon Business is a pioneer in developing and delivering IPv6 capabilities to market, helping to expand the availability of IP address space and to accommodate the growing number of IP-enabled network devices in the marketplace.