DISA awards network contracts

FRAMINGHAM (01/05/2004) - The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced the winning bidders for the agency's Global Information Grid - Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) network.

GIG-BE is a US$900 million effort to upgrade DISA's network with optical, Ethernet and enhanced security technologies.

Under "indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity" subcontracts to prime contractor SAIC, Ciena Corp. will supply GIG-BE's optical transport systems; Sprint Corp. and Sycamore Networks Inc. will provide optical digital cross-connects; Juniper Networks Inc. as expected will supply edge and core routers; and Qwest Communications International Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc. have won the multiservice provisioning platform piece of the contract.

DISA received over 55 proposals across the four equipment areas.

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