AMERICA’S General Services Administration, which provides multiple services nationally for federal government agencies, is investing $US50 billion in a 15-year enterprise infrastructure solutions contract that will create a shared communications network built on continually refreshed technology.

According to Amando Gavino, executive director of the telecommunication services office for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, the EIS will bridge old technologies leading-edge telecommunications solutions that will cost less, improve connectivity and strengthen security.

“The expectation behind EIS is that we’ll be able to offer digital services anytime, anywhere, securely,” says Fred Haines, GSA’s program director for EIS.

The GSA contract means federal government agencies in the U.S. will be able to seamlessly update to next-generation network technology, including software-defined networking (cloud) and 5G wireless networks. The first solutions installed under the EIS will roll-out in the next few months. ♦