Federal agencies collectively bought more than $820 million in telecommunication services from industry during fiscal 2015’s first half through the General Services Administration‘s Networx governmentwide acquisition contract.
The amount represents a 7.6 percent increase from the volume of Networx purchases recorded in the same period last fiscal year, Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the integrated technology service office at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, wrote in a blog post published Aug. 13.
She said network-based Internet protocol virtual private network bandwidth offerings and managed network services accounted for 60 percent of Networx federal spending in the first six months of FY 2015.
GSA also found that the demand for 10 megabits per second Ethernet services under the procurement vehicle grew at a 138 percent annual compound rate over the past five years.
Five-year growth rates for 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps Ethernet purchases were 78 percent and 60 percent, respectively.
Davie noted GSA will require the computer networking technology in the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions GWAC program, which the agency expects to launch in 2017.