AT&T Wins Direct-Dial Contract

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AT&T Corp. has won a $50 million-plus contract to supply international direct distance dialing ("ID3") services to civilian and military agencies over at least the next two years.

Officials at the General Services Administration, which awarded the contract, said the average ID3 prices for voice calls will be 35 percent to 40 percent lower than published tariff rates. Although initially the contract primarily calls for outbound voice services, inbound and country-to-country services are available too. Data and wideband services will be added during the course of the contract.

Agencies are not required to use ID3, which will succeed the Defense Department's International Switched Voice Service contract. ISVS, which expires in August, is held by MCI Telecommunciations Corp.

The procurement represented a first-time partnership between GSA's Federal Telecommunications Service and the Defense Information Systems Agency. FTS will administer the program for civilian agencies, and DISA's Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization will administer it for military activities.

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