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U.S. General Services Administration Awards Five-Year ContractRenewal to Avaya

02-12-2003
  • Buying agreement provides federal, state and local governmentswith convenient way to purchase the company's products andservices

Avaya (NYSE: AV), a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks and services for businesses and government, todayannounced that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) hasrenewed a contract that provides government agencies a convenientway to buy Avaya products and services at established rates. Theagreement replaces Avaya's previous three-year contract with GSAand is effective through the 2007 calendar year.

Avaya (NYSE: AV), a leading global provider of communicationsnetworks and services for businesses and government, todayannounced that the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) hasrenewed a contract that provides government agencies a convenientway to buy Avaya products and services at established rates. Theagreement replaces Avaya's previous three-year contract with GSAand is effective through the 2007 calendar year.

The scope of the contract has also expanded. Under the federalE-Government Act of 2002, it will be available not only to federalagencies in the executive, legislative and judicial branches — butalso to state and local governments.

"For the first time state and local governments will be able totake advantage of the buying power of the federal government whenthey make information technology purchases," said Bob Fortna,president of Avaya's Government Solutions business. "They'll haveaccess to the full range of Avaya's products and services — from IPtelephony, unified communication and contact center solutions towireless networks and professional services."

As part of its GSA Schedule program, Avaya has worked withseveral government agencies — including the Internal RevenueService, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and theSecret Service — to develop Blanket Purchase Agreements under theumbrella of the GSA contract. These buying agreements streamlinethe acquisition process even further for recurring purchases andagency-specific needs. Avaya also maintains a number of buyingagreements with U.S. defense agencies, including its Voice, Videoand Data contract with the U.S. Navy.

Avaya is among the top 30 GSA vendors for information technologyand services and had sales exceeding $86 million under its GSAcontract for the fiscal year ending September 2002, according togovernment reports.

More information on Avaya's GSA contract is available at http://www1.avaya.com/enterprise/gov/gsaschedule.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results. For moreinformation visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com.

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