DISA awards Xtera second submarine network contract

Xtera says it has received a contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), to build a new regional submarine network. According to information posted on the Defense Department's website, the undersea cable will link Guantanamo in Cuba to Puerto Rico. The contract is the second DISA has granted to Xtera; the first was reported to involve a submarine cable link to Guantanamo as well.

Xtera says it has received a contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), to build a new regional submarine network. According to information posted on the Defense Department's website, the undersea cable will link Guantanamo in Cuba to Puerto Rico. The contract is the second DISA has granted to Xtera; the first, awarded in 2014, was reported to involve a submarine cable link to Guantanamo as well (see "Xtera to supply submarine network equipment for DISA undersea cable").

The non-competitive, firm-fixed-price contract has a face value of $36,540,732 over the two-year base period that runs from August 22, 2017 through August, 21 2019. There also are five one-year options that could bring the total face value of the award to $43,139,763.

The contract calls for Xtera to provide a turnkey undersea system that will include subsea optical repeaters, the company's Nu-Wave Optima Submarine Line Terminal Equipment (SLTE), fiber-optic cable, and all marine services.

"Xtera is pleased to be awarded the contract to build a new submarine cable system for DISA," says Robert Richardson, founder and chief sales officer, Xtera. "This award validates the effectiveness of our core submarine turnkey solution offering, utilizing high-capacity subsea repeater technology, as well as the proficiency of our expert professional team."

The deal also represents a vote of confidence in Xtera after it emerged from bankruptcy proceedings early this year under new ownership (see "Xtera emerges from bankruptcy with new ownership").

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