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Sprint Wins USAF Outsource Deal

Sprint , which like its telecom rivals has aggressively pursued government business as deals with enterprises lag, has won a new multi-million dollar contract from the Department of Defense.

Under terms of the pact, the Overland Park, Kan.-based company will manage communications networks at U.S. Air Force bases in Southwest Asia.

"Because there is a fixed amount of military communications personnel capable of performing network management, contracting for the work is more efficient," said Tony D'Agata, vice president and general manager of Sprint's government unit.

Freed from daily network management tasks, airmen can return home for additional training or be redeployed to other bases as needed. The government also expects to save money by outsourcing.

Sprint was the first U.S. contractor to fully replace and commercialize tactical voice and data communications in an operations theater following the war in Bosnia. D'Agata said Sprint's experience there helped in winning this new contract with the Defense Department.

Sprint Government Systems Division is based in Herndon, Va., and offers a range of product and service offerings for federal and state government customers.