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Qwest among three firms given $3 billion defense info contract
By Associated Press
Rocky Mountain News
Wednesday, November 1, 2006


WASHINGTON - The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency said Tuesday it awarded a contract worth up to $3 billion to Qwest Communications, AT&T and a third company to upgrade the agency's communications network.  The contract has a base period of three years with seven one-year options.  The guaranteed minimum value for the contract over the base period is $5 million.  Arrowhead Global Solutions Inc. also won a portion of the contract.

Qwest will provide private communications lines between military post camps or stations in 11 states including Oregon, New Mexico, Idaho, Utah and Wyoming, said Diana Gowen, senior vice president of Qwest's government service division.

According to Gowen, there are more than 2,000 domestic military posts in the country.  Based on the needs of the Pentagon, Qwest could supply as many as 6,000 circuits to bases.

Qwest officials in Denver didn't immediately have additional details on the contract or how much Qwest's portion might be worth.

Mark Ritter, vice president of telecom solutions for Falls Church, Va.-based Arrowhead, said his company will provide high-speed connections to about 500 military bases.

AT&T declined to comment on the awarded contract.

The agency's previous system will be replaced by a high-speed network designed to increase the capability and flexibility of the Defense Department's communications programs.

Staff writer Jeff Smith contributed to this report.

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