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SBC Global Wins Treasury Contract

Through a new blanket purchase agreement, SBC Global Services, Inc. will provide the U.S. Department of the Treasury and its bureaus with advanced business telephony solutions from products to implementation. The nationwide award, called the Treasury Telecommunications Solutions Blanket Purchase Agreement, was issued without a value cap and covers a 4.5-year term.

The agreement is open to all bureaus of the U.S. Treasury, including the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Alcohol Tobacco Firearms (ATF), Customs, Secret Service, and the U.S. Mint.

Treasury will be able to choose from a number of Nortel Networks voice and data equipment, and will also have their choice of AdTran and Alcatel data networking products, VTEL videoconferencing equipment and Veramark Technologies, Inc., call accounting and facilities management systems. As part of the agreement, SBC will provide network design, implementation and management support, and will offer maintenance for legacy equipment and new products.

"SBC meets all of our requirements for supporting the U.S. Treasury's infrastructure of legacy equipment while providing solutions on a nationwide basis," said Greg Jewell, Treasury team leader for the agreement.

Last year, SBC announced the expansion of a multi-million dollar, 11-state distribution agreement with Nortel Networks for PBX, key systems and Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) equipment. The agreement with the Treasury further expands upon the deal with Nortel Networks.

"This agreement allows SBC to offer a choice of solutions that can be tailored to meet the needs of the Treasury and its bureaus," said Doug Dangremond, executive director, SBC Federal Solutions.