V.I. Next Generation Network awards contracts
Published: January 24, 2013
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ST. THOMAS - The V.I. Next Generation Network approved $7.3 million in contracts Wednesday, most of which will provide critical construction elements for the territory's first public broadband network.
All Rounder Systems was awarded two construction contracts Wednesday for lateral-drop construction in both districts.
A $3,268,819 contract was awarded for construction on St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island.
A $3,354,154.70 contract was awarded to All Rounder Systems for construction on St. Croix.
Lateral-drop construction connects the fiber-optic cable that runs from the main network to an anchor institution.
About 325 anchor tenants will tie-in directly to the network. Under the federal grant award, anchor tenants include all schools, universities, government offices, community centers, health care centers and public safety and first-responder entities.
Other contracts approved Wednesday include:
- A $150,291.43 contract with Evertec Group for Microsoft Dynamics GP support.
- A $319,252 contract with ETI Software Solutions for operational support system and billing support system software.
- A $244,100 contract with Level 3 Communications for co-location and installation services at the St. Croix fiber-optic cable landing facility.
The V.I. Next Generation Network is a subsidiary of the V.I. Public Finance Authority and was created to oversee the construction and operation of the territory's first open-access broadband network.
The $117 million broadband expansion project is funded by four federal stimulus grants plus a local match of $32 million.
The V.I. Next Generation Network will build the "middle mile" fiber network, and sell space on the network to Internet service providers, who will then sell service to customers.
The construction of the network must be completed by July.
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