BT has been invited to bid for what it described as the largest Federal communications contract in US history.

The UK-based operator’s BT Federal arm, a division of Global Services, has been selected by the US General Services Administration (GSA) to offer telecoms and IT services via the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract.

Covering the likes of collaboration solutions, managed network services, contact centres and cybersecurity tools, the EIS contract is worth $50 billion in total.

US federal agencies, the exact number of which is difficult to quantify, can choose services from 10 providers.

BT will be up against the likes of AT&T, Level 3 and Verizon, as well as four “small businesses”.

The GSA said the minimum bidders could expect was a $75 million contract.

Each contract has a duration of five fixed years, plus two further options of five years each.

Tony Wellen, COO of BT Federal said: "We are extremely proud to have been named a qualified bidder under the EIS contract and look forward to expanding our relationship with the GSA and the Federal agencies they serve.”

BT Global Services reported flat revenues of £1.24 billion in the three months to June, its most recent financial results, although EBITDA was down 39 percent due to the continued fall out of last year’s accounting scandal in Italy.

Winning the contract would be a boost to the enterprise division’s new CEO, Bas Berger, who took the reins in June.

Read more: BT Security CEO – Red teaming, response times and protecting nation states

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