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PRESIDENT OF SPRINT'S GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS DIVISION ISSUES STATEMENT

 PRESIDENT OF SPRINT'S GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS DIVISION ISSUES STATEMENT
 WASHINGTON, March 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Defense Commercial Communications Office (DECCO) announced the award of the Leased Interfacility National Airspace Communications Systems (LINCS), the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control telecommunications network, to MCI.
 Sprint, a bidder on this contract, issued the following statement by Chris Rooney, president of Sprint's Government Systems Division:
 "The major issue is the link between air safety, and the quality of the FAA's future air traffic control network. FAA wanted a superior technical solution -- not a bargain basement one. Sprint made quality the Number One priority in its bid, and met or exceeded the 'five-9s' objective for network availability (99.999 percent).
 "We are extremely concerned about whether there was thorough and careful evaluation and analysis, because the voluminous and extremely complex pricing proposals were submitted only five days ago. That's less time than what's required to give necessary review to even basic telecommunications bids, much less one this crucial and technically detailed.
 "Because no actual demonstration of technical capability was required, the award should be suspended to allow all bidders to prove that they can meet LINCS' unique specifications.
 "Once DECCO and FAA formally 'debrief' the bidders, we will get more information about why this award was made. We're concerned about whether the FAA's stringent technical requirements and need for network reliability can be met."
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 /CONTACT: Janis Langley of Sprint, 202-828-7427, or 703-533-3322/ CO: Sprint Government Systems Division ST: District of Columbia IN: TLS SU: CON


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