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Verizon Business Wins Major NASA TeleConferencing Contract

Verizon Wins $108 Million Contract Under Networx Universal
by Staff Writers
Basking Ridge NJ (SPX) Jan 15, 2009
Verizon Business will provide NASA with audio, video and Web conferencing services to help the agency collaborate more effectively. Under a new agreement valued at more than $108 million if all options are exercised, Verizon Business will be the primary conferencing services provider to NASA centers and facilities as well as select contractor locations.

Verizon Business is providing the services under the U.S. General Services Administration's Networx Universal contract, which is scheduled to run through 2017. Previously, Verizon Business had provided conferencing services to NASA under the GSA's Federal Telecommunications Service 2001 (FTS2001) contract, the predecessor to the Networx program.

NASA, established in 1958 as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, is charged with pioneering space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research.

"Whether NASA is planning its next mission or communicating with astronauts on the international space station, Verizon Business is working with the agency to keep its employees connected throughout its universe," said Susan Zeleniak, group president, Verizon Federal, a sales organization within Verizon Business dedicated to serving federal government customers.

"By providing a range of advanced conferencing technologies, we are helping NASA both reduce travel costs and improve how the organization collaborates."

Verizon Business had previously provided audio, Web and video conferencing to NASA. Under the new agreement, the company also will be implementing a high-definition, Internet protocol (IP) instant video-conferencing solution that will allow NASA to use IP networks to quickly set up high-definition video conferences.

Prior to this contract, NASA was Verizon Business's largest overall federal government user of conferencing services. In addition to conferencing services, Verizon Business also provides NASA with point-to-point private line services.

Verizon Business, with more than 30 years of experience delivering conferencing services, is a leading provider of collaboration and unified communications services, enabling organizations to conveniently and effectively collaborate, virtually anytime, anywhere, and helping them improve response time and productivity without the costs and carbon emissions associated with business travel.

Verizon Business is the largest provider of communications services to the U.S. federal government and one of the largest providers of advanced communications and information technology services globally.

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