CenturyLink awarded NASA network Connectivity contract

CenturyLink awarded NASA network connectivity contract

01 July 2020 | Natalie Bannerman

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CenturyLink has been awarded a second task order from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The new deal will see the telco manage all of NASA's voice traffic and provide fast, secure network connectivity to NASA's more than 15 space centres and regional research facilities.

It follows the company’s previously won task order to provide NASA headquarters with core backbone network services with speeds of up to 100Gbps. All of these voice and network services will support NASA's space exploration programs. 

Both contracts were awarded to CenturyLink under the General Services Administration's 15-year, $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program and both last for nine and a half years.

"We're honoured to provide mission-critical voice services and network connectivity that allow NASA to focus on its vision to discover and expand knowledge for the benefit of humanity," said David Young (pictured), senior vice president for the public sector at CenturyLink.

"NASA entrusted CenturyLink with a second EIS award to provide agency-wide voice services and run its regional network that connects its celebrated space centres and regional research facilities with headquarters locations."

CenturyLink won the first task order ever awarded under GSA's EIS program to provide core backbone network connectivity to NASA in spring of 2019. The company was also the first supplier to receive authority to operate under GSA's EIS contract last year.

EIS is a multiple-award contract vehicle for federal government agencies to purchase information technology and telecommunications infrastructure services. It gives federal agencies the flexibility and agility to migrate to modern communications and IT services that meet strict government security standards.