Aviat becomes vendor for 30-state NASPO ValuePoint contract

Microwave networking solutions provider Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW) has been selected as one of only two vendors authorized to supply microwave radios by NASPO ValuePoint, the nationwide purchasing arm of the National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO), the company said.

With an estimated value of USD 250 million over its first two years, NASPO ValuePoint allows participating government agencies such as public safety network operators to obtain competitively priced, pre-qualified high-tech products for wireless communications requirements.

In addition to microwave radios all the rest of Aviat´s solutions portfolio from the innovative CTR 8000 series microwave router family to end-to-end outsourced network management and support services are available through NASPO ValuePoint.

After a state approves its participation in NASPO ValuePoint, all local government entities in that state such as counties, cities, school districts and public colleges and universities can take advantage of its purchasing leverage. It also enables them to save time and money not having to manage their own competitive bid process, hire integration consultants and other bureaucratic tasks.

Currently, 30 states have signed with NASPO ValuePoint, including some of the largest and most influential like California, Florida, Illinois and New Jersey, among others.

Previously, Aviat Networks was one of 15 vendors approved by NASPO ValuePoint to supply public safety communications equipment (e.g., microwave radios). That multi-year contract is due to expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

The NASPO ValuePoint Cooperative Purchasing Organization (formerly WSCA-NASPO) provides the highest standard of excellence in public cooperative contracting. By leveraging the leadership and expertise of all states with the purchasing power of their public entities, NASPO ValuePoint delivers best value, reliable, competitively sourced contracts. Since 1993 NASPO ValuePoint has been the cooperative purchasing arm of NASPO (the National Association of State Procurement Officials) encouraging, fostering and guiding the nation´s most significant public contract cooperative.

Aviat Networks provides microwave networking solutions transforming communications networks to handle the exploding growth of IP-centric, multi-gigabit data services. With more than one million systems sold in over 140 countries, Aviat Networks provides LTE-proven microwave networking solutions to mobile operators, including some of the largest and most advanced 4G/LTE networks in the world. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, Aviat Networks operates in more than 100 countries around the world.