Part of the Government IT glossary:

Networx is a U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) purchasing program intended to provide comprehensive and up-to-date telecommunications services to U.S. government agencies. The program consists of two sets of contracts through which federal agencies can obtain voice, IP, wireless, satellite, and IP-centric services.

The larger of the contracts with a ceiling of $48.1 billion, Networx Universal provides a full-range of telecommunications services to 135 federal agencies at locations spanning 191 countries. It replaces the FTS2001 program, which expires in Spring 2011 and also provides government agencies with telecommunications services. The Networx Universal contract offers continuity of service for all services currently on the FTS2001 contracts. Vendors on this contract are required to provide 36 mandatory services and 12 optional services. Those vendors are AT&T Corp., Verizon Business Services, and Qwest Government Services.

Networx Enterprise, which includes smaller contracts, has a ceiling of $20.1 billion. Vendors awarded a Networx Enterprise contract are AT&T Corp., Verizon Business Services, Qwest Government Services, Level 3 Communications, and Sprint Nextel Corp. These vendors offer nine mandatory services and 41 optional services. They also offer service continuity from FTS2001 contracts. They offer national coverage and limited international coverage.

All contracts have four base years with three two-year options. The entire Networx program is estimated to be worth $20 billion over 10 years. 

Learn more:

The U.S. GSA Web site has a Networx overview.

This was last updated in June 2010
Posted by: Margaret Rouse

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