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DISA awards network contracts

Jan 05, 20041 min

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) announced the winning bidders for the agency’s Global Information Grid – Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) network.

GIG-BE is a $900 million effort to upgrade DISA’s network with optical, Ethernet and enhanced security technologies.

Under “indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity” subcontracts to prime contractor SAIC, Ciena will supply GIG-BE’s optical transport systems; Sprint and Sycamore Networks will provide optical digital cross-connects; Juniper Networks as expected will supply edge and core routers; and Qwest and Cisco have won the multiservice provisioning platform piece of the contract.

DISA received over 55 proposals across the four equipment areas.

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Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 28 years, 23 at Network World. He covers enterprise networking infrastructure, including routers and switches. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy and at

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