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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 271-99
May 27, 1999

SPRINT CHOSEN FOR SELECTED FTS2001 COMMUNICATIONS SERVICES

The Department of Defense today announced the selection of Sprint to provide selected communications services under one of the FTS2001 contracts recently awarded by the General Services Administration.

Sprint has been tapped to provide frame relay and packet switched services to the Department. Frame relay provides a network service that accommodates large bursts of data making it suitable for imaging, video, and larger data transmissions. Packet switched service transmits low-speed groups of information between information processors.

GSA awarded the Federal Technology Service contracts to Sprint and MCI Worldcom in December 1998 and January 1999, respectively. They replace the two FTS2000 contracts held by AT&T and Sprint which expired last December. On March 15, 1999, DOD announced the selection of MCI Worldcom to provide switched voice services to the Department. Switched voice services includes commercial long distance, calling card, toll-free, and "900" services.

The current selection of Sprint to satisfy DoD's frame relay and packet switched requirements provides DoD with the best value in consideration of the departments desire to keep service prices low and transition costs at a minimum. The selection was reviewed by representatives of the office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence), the Defense Information Systems Agency, and the Military Services and Agencies. Remaining requirements for FTS2001 Internet Protocol and Asynchronous Transfer Mode services are still undergoing evaluation.

Editor's Note: For additional information, contact the Defense Information Systems Agency Public Affairs Office at (703) 607-6900.