Signs New Agreement with Qwest for Next-Generation Optical
Tuesday, February 7, 2006
DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 2006--Qwest Communications
today announced that it has signed a new agreement with the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for a
new nationwide networking service.
Qwest will provide both local connectivity and nationwide
connectivity to six NASA centers as well as other NASA
locations -- the entire core of NASA's new network. Qwest's
solution provides end-to-end wavelength services using the
company's industry-leading QWave(TM) optical communication
Starting with circuits at 2.5 Gigabits per second (Gbps),
and immediately scalable to 10 Gbps, the new core network
will provide the long-term foundation for moving the huge
amounts of data that NASA will generate as it continues its
exploration of the frontiers of space and aeronautics.
The project continues Qwest's long-term involvement with
NASA that includes services for the current NASA Information
Systems Network, NASA Research and Education Network, and
international services for the NASA Deep Space Network.
This newest NASA agreement is via the FTS 2001 Crossover
contract that Qwest, and others, were awarded to compete
with FTS 2001 incumbent providers. Since then, federal
agencies have had more choices, resulting in lower prices
and better service, as well as innovation for all agencies.
"We're thrilled to continue our work with NASA under the FTS
2001 Crossover agreement," said Thomas Richards, executive
vice president, business markets group for Qwest. "We are
especially gratified to see our position grow within the
federal government and its agencies. Without FTS 2001
Crossover, federal agencies wouldn't have the freedom of
choice they enjoy today. We hope this choice-driven
Qwest provides communications including data networking
services and local and long-distance voice services to many
federal agencies as both a primary and secondary service
provider. The company is a leading provider to dozens of
federal agencies including the Department of Defense, the
Department of Treasury, the Department of Energy, the
Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S.