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Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC), Florham Park, N.J, a leading global IP solutions provider, has announced that the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has signed a five-year contract for private line services -- with a total contract value of $10 million if all options are exercised -- connecting U.S. Forces in a cross-Pacific link. It's the first major deal inked by Global Crossing following its recent U.S. General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Supply Schedule award.

Global Crossing's private line services will connect two of the Department of Defense's (DoD) Large Data Joint Capability Technology Demonstration (JCTD) sites. This transoceanic link will utilize advanced InfiniBand-based data transport protocol, a switched fabric communications link primarily used in high-performance computing. The InfiniBand protocol on Global Crossing's network will provide the DoD with near real time connectivity and unprecedented warfighter support.

"This contract with the NRL under the GSA 70 Schedule is significant because it helps Global Crossing to build our credentials as a prime contractor to the U.S. Government as we expand our business and product offerings to the Federal marketplace," said John Legere, Global Crossing's chief executive officer. "Global Crossing is supplying an OC-48 (STM-16) link that will connect Naval Research Laboratories in Washington D.C. and a location in the Pacific Command, enabling the Department of Defense to exchange high-bandwidth information between the two sites quickly and efficiently."

The GSA 70 Schedule, which falls under the GSA's Federal Supply Service, gives Global Crossing the ability to sell directly to all U.S. Government agencies regardless of their geographic location. Earlier this year, both the GSA's Federal Supply Service and Southeast Sunbelt Region granted Global Crossing the right to put out tenders for request for proposals for enhanced data transmission services. The states covered in the GSA's Southeast Sunbelt region include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

The GSA supplies products and communications for U.S. government offices to help federal agencies better serve the public by offering, at best value, superior workplaces, expert solutions, acquisition services and management policies. In support of the GSA's mission, Global Crossing is supplying enhanced data transmission services including IP-centric services such as IP VPN, Dedicated Internet Access (DIA) and Private Line, as well as collaboration services.

Currently, Global Crossing is the only GSA Schedule 70 telecommunications provider that offers Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) capabilities that are ready for installation. Global Crossing has fully deployed IPv6 across its global IP network, and it's a standard service component of Global Crossing's global Internet Access Services and IP Virtual Private Network (IP VPN).

Global Crossing Private Line service provides highly reliable, secure, point-to-point, digital connectivity. Global Crossing Private Line provides connectivity for a wide range of applications used by enterprise customers, including hosting, resource planning, business continuity, content distribution and disaster recovery. The service also supports high-bandwidth operations such as large data transfers, medical imaging, record archiving, database sharing and replication, and remote office access to application servers. Global Crossing's Private Line service capacities range from T1/E1 up to OC-48/STM-16.

About Global Crossing

Global Crossing (NASDAQ:GLBC) provides telecommunications solutions over the world's first integrated global IP-based network. Its core network connects more than 300 cities in 29 countries worldwide, and delivers services to more than 600 cities in 60 countries and 6 continents around the globe. The company's global sales and support model matches the network footprint and, like the network, delivers a consistent customer experience worldwide.

Global Crossing IP services are global in scale, linking the world's enterprises, governments and carriers with customers, employees and partners worldwide in a secure environment that is ideally suited for IP-based business applications, allowing e-commerce to thrive. The company offers a full range of managed data and voice products including Global Crossing IP VPN Service, Global Crossing Managed Solutions and Global Crossing VoIP services, to 36 percent of the Fortune 500, as well as 700 carriers, mobile operators and ISPs.

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