net.com's Federal Unit Awarded DGS Companion BPA

Unique Vehicle Expands Defense Information Systems Agency Options

For Pricing and Product Availability



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Network Equipment Technologies

    FREMONT, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- net.com (NYSE:   NWK) announced
 today that its wholly owned subsidiary, NET Federal, has been awarded a
 performance-based DISN Global Solutions (DGS) companion basic purchasing
 agreement by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The basic
 purchasing agreement (BPA) is a method of contracting encouraged by the
 General Services Administration (GSA) under its Federal Supply Schedule
 program and will provide DISA with the means to procure net.com hardware,
 installation and maintenance in a cost effective, time saving manner. This is
 the first contract awarded to net.com since it met the requirements to be
 classified as a small business under NAICS Code 334210.
     "We are very excited to be continuing our long partnership with DISA under
 this very flexible agreement," said Gary Lau, Vice President of Worldwide
 Enterprise Sales for net.com and General Manager of NET Federal. "This vehicle
 will provide DISA with excellent pricing for products and services to
 supplement its large installed base of net.com Promina(TM) access devices.
 This BPA also ensures a continued direct relationship with the customers who
 use our products to meet the demands of mission-critical Department of Defense
 (DOD) traffic, regardless of who the prime contractor on the DGS contract may
 be."
     "The DGS Companion BPA is a unique vehicle that enables DISA to procure
 the products and services it requires for continued operations at very
 competitive prices, and allows for the future awardee of the DISA DISN Global
 Solutions contract to have a source for these products as well," according to
 Mark Bogart, Chief of Contracts, DISA Headquarters. He concluded, "Lowering
 costs to DISA for products and services while saving valuable time and
 ensuring access to critical equipment is a key area of focus for our
 organization. Leveraging existing agreements such as the GSA Supply Schedule
 supports that effort."
     The DGS Companion BPA runs concurrent with NET Federal's GSA Supply
 Schedule, which has an expiration date of January 13, 2005. It can be extended
 subsequently through the GSA Supply Schedule, or the award of a new GSA Supply
 Schedule, for a total of nine years from the date of the BPA award.
 Lau noted, "A follow-on to our AFNET agreement, the BPA extends our
 relationship with DISA. This type of stable, long-term relationship benefits
 both of us." While the DGS Companion BPA does not obligate any funds, the
 Government estimates a ceiling of purchases of $180 million over the life of
 the contract.
 
     About net.com
     Network Equipment Technologies, doing business as net.com, is a global
 networking company that equips service providers, enterprises and government
 organizations to compete with service creation platforms that enable
 differentiation through the rapid creation and delivery of services. With more
 than 25,000 systems installed in 75 countries, net.com pioneered the concept
 of multiservice networking. For further information, visit the first address
 in networking:  http://www.net.com .
 
     NOTE:  net.com and Promina are trademarks of Network Equipment
 Technologies, Inc.
 
 

SOURCE Network Equipment Technologies
    FREMONT, Calif., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- net.com (NYSE:   NWK) announced
 today that its wholly owned subsidiary, NET Federal, has been awarded a
 performance-based DISN Global Solutions (DGS) companion basic purchasing
 agreement by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The basic
 purchasing agreement (BPA) is a method of contracting encouraged by the
 General Services Administration (GSA) under its Federal Supply Schedule
 program and will provide DISA with the means to procure net.com hardware,
 installation and maintenance in a cost effective, time saving manner. This is
 the first contract awarded to net.com since it met the requirements to be
 classified as a small business under NAICS Code 334210.
     "We are very excited to be continuing our long partnership with DISA under
 this very flexible agreement," said Gary Lau, Vice President of Worldwide
 Enterprise Sales for net.com and General Manager of NET Federal. "This vehicle
 will provide DISA with excellent pricing for products and services to
 supplement its large installed base of net.com Promina(TM) access devices.
 This BPA also ensures a continued direct relationship with the customers who
 use our products to meet the demands of mission-critical Department of Defense
 (DOD) traffic, regardless of who the prime contractor on the DGS contract may
 be."
     "The DGS Companion BPA is a unique vehicle that enables DISA to procure
 the products and services it requires for continued operations at very
 competitive prices, and allows for the future awardee of the DISA DISN Global
 Solutions contract to have a source for these products as well," according to
 Mark Bogart, Chief of Contracts, DISA Headquarters. He concluded, "Lowering
 costs to DISA for products and services while saving valuable time and
 ensuring access to critical equipment is a key area of focus for our
 organization. Leveraging existing agreements such as the GSA Supply Schedule
 supports that effort."
     The DGS Companion BPA runs concurrent with NET Federal's GSA Supply
 Schedule, which has an expiration date of January 13, 2005. It can be extended
 subsequently through the GSA Supply Schedule, or the award of a new GSA Supply
 Schedule, for a total of nine years from the date of the BPA award.
 Lau noted, "A follow-on to our AFNET agreement, the BPA extends our
 relationship with DISA. This type of stable, long-term relationship benefits
 both of us." While the DGS Companion BPA does not obligate any funds, the
 Government estimates a ceiling of purchases of $180 million over the life of
 the contract.
 
     About net.com
     Network Equipment Technologies, doing business as net.com, is a global
 networking company that equips service providers, enterprises and government
 organizations to compete with service creation platforms that enable
 differentiation through the rapid creation and delivery of services. With more
 than 25,000 systems installed in 75 countries, net.com pioneered the concept
 of multiservice networking. For further information, visit the first address
 in networking:  http://www.net.com .
 
     NOTE:  net.com and Promina are trademarks of Network Equipment
 Technologies, Inc.
 
 SOURCE  Network Equipment Technologies