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December 06, 2011

AVAYA News - Avaya Government Solutions Awarded Lucrative Contract by U.S. General Services Administration

By Madhubanti Rudra, TMCnet Contributor

Avaya (News - Alert) Inc, a global provider of business collaboration and communications solutions, recently announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries, Avaya Government Solutions has won prime contractor status from U.S. General Services Administration (GSA (News - Alert)). 

In a statement, Avaya Government Solutions’ senior VP Tim Gentry said that his company is looking forward to meeting the technology needs of federal agencies with its range of end-to-end solutions and services that combine both unified communications and networking. Gentry expressed his hopes that the Avaya technology will enable faster collaboration, smarter decisions, and better business and government.

As the prime contractor for U.S. GSA Connections II telecommunications, the company is going to provide federal agencies with a one-stop shop for telecommunications and networking infrastructure solutions and services. The services, according to the press release, include: technologies for building and campus facility communications planning, operations, administration and management, customer service and technical support.

The Connections II telecommunication services will be used by federal agencies and entities as well as by authorized state, local and tribal governments. The authorized users will be able to avail the service from anywhere in the world. Agencies can request work from any combination of the above mentioned solutions sets or request an entirely new telecommunications solution.

Connections II is extremely comprehensive in its scope. It can be used to deliver integration planning, transition planning, legacy system support, infrastructure installation, system implementation and more.

It provides for both firm fixed price and time and materials type awards. Task orders can be administered either directly by the individual government agency's contracting shop or with the aid of GSA, Avaya clarified.

The Connections II contract comes on the heel of the original GSA Connections vehicle that expires in January 2012.

In addition to Avaya Government Solutions, 20 other companies are going to share the contract which is valued at nearly $5 billion and spans nine years and three months. It has a three-year and three-month base and six one-year options. Avaya Government Solutions is one of the two companies, who have been awarded the contract in the capacity of with a telecommunications original equipment manufacturing (OEM).

“We're delighted to have been awarded this important telecommunications procurement vehicle by the GSA. We believe that there's a significant added value that we can bring to federal agency users of Connections II since we are both an experienced integrator and a manufacturer of innovative communications solutions,” said Chris Formant, senior vice president and president, Avaya Government Solutions.

A few months back, Avaya Government Solutions announced the signing of a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of Information & Technology (OI&T) for support services. These services will support the VA's 16 major initiatives across its 11 key IT offices and will include the Department of Defense (DoD) / VA Interagency Program Office, the company said in an earlier release.

Madhubanti Rudra is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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