Veterans Affairs awards nine-year mobile product recompete / fhm

The VA uses this contract to buy wireless devices and access a public safety broadband network.

T-Mobile and Verizon have won positions on a potential nine-year contract to supply mobile devices and services to the Veterans Affairs Department for use at medical centers and other health care facilities.

Both awardees have differing ceiling values for this second iteration of the Enterprise Mobile Devices and Services program, as indicated in a pair of award notices posted Wednesday. T-Mobile's award worth up to $235.4 million, while Verizon's has a maximum of $448.3 million.

Three companies bid on the recompete, according to Federal Procurement Data System records.

Solicitation documents explain how the VA also uses the EMDS contract to buy devices and other support for community-based outpatient clinics, field and program offices and remote users in the U.S. and at overseas locations.

Carriers involved in the program also are responsible for providing the VA access to a wireless public safety broadband network that supports communications during disaster recovery missions and other emergencies.

AT&T and T-Mobile are incumbents on the current contract that expires in May, according to GovTribe data.