MetTel lands 2 EIS task orders in February

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MetTel secured its first two task orders, worth hundreds of millions of dollars each, under the government’s flagship telecommunications and network modernization contract in February.

The New York City-based telecom company was the last of three small businesses cleared to deliver products and services under the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract in December. But it’s the first to win any task orders.

On Feb. 4, the Social Security Administration awarded MetTel a task order for local, long-distance and access management with a ceiling of $253.5 million through 2032.

The Department of Veterans Affairs followed Tuesday with a task order for voice services with a ceiling of $127.3 million over the same period.

MetTel beat three other offers for the SSA award and two for the VA award.

SSA previously awarded a $470.3 million task order to CenturyLink and a $544.2 million task order to Verizon Federal for data network services. VA previously awarded a $48.9 million task order to CenturyLink and a $55.6 million task order to AT&T for collocated hosting services.

Of the 28 task orders awarded to date, AT&T boasts 11, Verizon eight, CenturyLink seven, and MetTel two, according to federal contracting data. BT Federal, Core Technologies, Granite Telecommunications and Harris Corp. have yet to receive task awards.

EIS’s predecessor for updating information technology and telecom infrastructure, Networx, expires March 31, 2023. All agencies were supposed to issue their EIS task orders by Sept. 30, but the use of extended contracts won’t be limited until March 31 of this year.

Agencies must have 90% of their telecom inventory on EIS by March 31, 2022.

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Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), EIS, Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, MetTel, Social Security Administration, telecommunications
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