ARLINGTON, Va. – Aug. 10, 2009 – NASA has made a $14.2 million contract award to Qwest Government Services, a subsidiary of Qwest Communications (NYSE: Q), to upgrade the federal agency’s Corporate Backbone circuits from 2.5Gbps to 10Gbps.


·         The NASA Corporate Backbone is the high-speed broadband network that provides corporate wide area network transport for e-mail, collaboration, and scientific, financial and business applications for the agency’s headquarters, field centers, and numerous facilities and partner locations across the country and the world. 

·         The circuits comprise a large portion of the NASA Corporate Backbone in terms of capacity and connectivity.

·         Qwest’s OWS (Optical Wave Services) approach provides flexibility and can be adapted to almost any architecture (ring, mesh or linear).

·         NASA determined that the Qwest solution offered significant benefits in terms of mission suitability.

·         Total award is $14.2 million for eight years and was made under Qwest’s U.S. General Services Administration’s Networx Universal contract.


Diana Gowen, Qwest Government Services, Senior Vice President and General Manager:
“Qwest provides a nationwide wavelength infrastructure that will provide NASA with a broad range of technical capabilities for supporting the International Space Station and other missions into the frontiers of >


·         Qwest Optical Wave Services


·         NASA

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