WASHINGTON, D.C., April 1, 2003 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q) today announced a new contract vehicle to sell multi-tiered security profile (MTSP) services, including high-speed data with integrated security services, to the federal government through a modification to its Seattle Metropolitan Area Acquisition (MAA) contract. This contract modification is part of the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Technology Service (FTS) Long Distance Crossover program.
Qwest offers two tiers of service through this contract. The Tier 1 transport services include dedicated Internet access, private line, ATM, frame relay and network-based virtual private networks (NVPN).
Tier 2 includes Qwest?s managed packet filter routing service and security services from RedSiren, a leading provider of information integrity solutions. Tier 2 security services include managed firewall, managed VPN, managed intrusion detection, managed boundary anti-virus protection, managed secure Web proxy, and on-site network and security management.
?This contract offers agencies the convenience of a one-stop shop to satisfy their increasing need for high-bandwidth services and at the same time to meet government security regulations.? said James F. X. Payne, senior vice president and general manager of Qwest?s Government Services Division. ?We understand the increasing importance of promoting homeland security and eliminating telecom network vulnerability and our relationship with RedSiren demonstrates that we will are willing to create innovative solutions in support of the government?s security initiatives.?
GSA Crossover Program
The MAA contracts enable carriers to expand the portfolio of services they can offer to the federal government. The GSA MAA Crossover program allows carriers that have met certain criteria to ?cross over? and modify their contracts to offer federal government agencies nationwide alternative choices for long-distance and local telecommunications services.
Federal government agencies currently can purchase local telecommunications services under MAA contracts. The Long Distance Crossover program allows carriers that have had their MAA contract modifications approved to offer voice and data services to all branches of the federal government. In January 2002, Qwest became the first such MAA provider to be granted this approval.
Through the crossover program, Qwest offers federal customers a wide range of services, including Web hosting services, NVPNs, high-speed private line services, and now transport and security services.
Qwest holds MAA contracts that cover the Albuquerque, N.M.; Boise, Idaho; Denver; Minneapolis; Seattle; and Salt Lake City metro areas.
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