David Young, senior vice president of strategic government group at CenturyLink, told Federal News Network in an interview published Monday about the potential advantage to carriers and agencies of the move to extend the transition timeline for the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract.
The decision makes the EIS program “more feasible and not rushed because when things are rushed, they can cause some problems,” Young told the publication.
The General Services Administration decided to extend for up to three years its existing contracts for telecommunications services to provide agencies enough time to transition to the potential 15-year, $50B EIS vehicle.
Young cited the potential cost savings that agencies could realize from EIS.
“It’s pretty safe to say that nearly every product and service on Networx that are now on EIS have cost savings,” he said.
“While they all vary by carriers, there are double digit cost savings to be had especially if you transform,” he added.
He also noted about moving from time-division multiplexing to Ethernet and the potential benefit of that transition to agencies.