The U.S. government has tapped network communications giant Windstream to provide voice, data and Internet services for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs.
The contract covers Region 4, which includes 11 northeastern states.
The contract is worth $12 million but can expand to $20 million over five years. This is a major consolidation for the VA, which previously had contracts with hundreds of vendors providing local service to thousands of its facilities across the United States.
In 2013, to eliminate administrative expenses associated with number of telecommunications vendors, the VA created four geographic regions which included multiple Veterans Information Service Networks and a single vendor per region. Region 4 was the first region to be awarded a consolidated procurement contract.
"... our federal government portal, developed to support federal initiatives such as the VA contract consolidation, will ensure that the ongoing management and resources expanded by the VA nationwide will significantly decrease," said Mike Magliato, vice president and general manager of federal markets at Windstream.
Region 4 has more than 300 VA facilities, which include hospitals, clinics, cemeteries and call centers, among others. Windstream was a long history of providing voice, data and Internet services to the federal government.
The company's products and services should be fully implemented in Region 4 by the end of 2013.