The General Services Administration has been analyzing federal agencies’ network services purchases through its Networx telecommunications acquisition vehicle, said Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service.
With 136 agencies using Networx to buy network and telecom services, the GSA is able to determine current trends in this market across the federal government, Davie posted June 10 on the GSA blog.
According to the post, an analysis of “big data” from the first half of fiscal 2014, where $762 million in total purchases have been made, reveals a projected 12.8% yearly increase in Networx contracts due to the growing demand for bandwidth-driven services.
Call center services and toll-free services lead the purchases at 288% and 62% increase from fiscal 2013, respectively, as legacy services procurement continues to decline, she added.
Davie said purchases are expected to continue in the second half of FY 2014 but at a slower rate, while the demand for call center and toll-free services could also drop as operations complete their transition.
With purchases through Networx, federal agencies are able to save $332 million when comparing Networx pricing to commercial pricing, writes Davie.
These data are in line with the NS2020 strategy to deliver network services to agencies through a structured acquisition process while lowering transaction and service costs.