The Lone Star state is probably best known for petroleum, natural gas and farming, but the telecommunications industry has enjoyed rapid growth within the state of Texas in recent years. Telecommunications is an industry that is expected to continue to grow due to high demand for products and services that support the development wireless internet and high speed fiber-optic networks. Texas has become a hot spot for companies operating in these sectors, especially in the city of Dallas. Dallas is “known as a center for telecommunications manufacturing employment in the United States,”[i] and counts more than 600 telecom-related companies operating in the area.[ii]
Telecommunications encompasses much more than a simple telephone services: today, the telecommunications sector encompasses wireless and cell phone providers, internet service providers and fiber optic networks. In 2015, U.S. spending for telecommunications was $1.5 trillion and wireless carriers contributed $32 billion to the U.S. economy.[iii]
Doing Business with the State of Texas
State agencies in Texas publish a variety of bids for telecommunications, which include bids related to equipment, product and supplies and maintenance.
To start bidding on these type of opportunities with the State of Texas, a vendor must first register with the Texas Secretary of State. Agencies can then use the TXSmartBuy portal to find vendors to provide goods and services. Vendors can also request to be on the state’s Centralized Master Bidder’s List (CMBL). For vendors accepted to the CMBL, there is a $70 annual fee that must be paid. Vendors on the CMBL will be notified about any upcoming opportunities that match their products and services.
Some of the bid opportunities vendors can find for telecommunications include:
- Voice Over IP Telecommunications Equipment & Services
- National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Systems (NLETS) System and Services
- Managed Telecommunications Maintenance Services
- Moving/Adding/Changing (MAC) Telecommunications Cabling
- Biennial Contract for Data and Telecommunications Services
- Telecommunications Circuits and Services
- GAATN Fiber Optic Network Outside Plant Moves, Adds and Changes (GAATN MAC)
Find More Bids with a Bid Intelligence Service Company
Finding specific bid opportunities in a particular state can be overwhelming and time consuming, especially in a state as large as Texas where there are well over 100 state agencies. Registering with the state or city departments only connects vendors with some of the available bids in the state. A good solution for vendors to find more relevant telecommunication bids is to subscribe to a bid intelligence service. BidNet has over 35 years of experience finding bid opportunities all across the nation. Our team of research experts uses a unique coding system to connect BidNet members with targeted bids that perfectly match the goods and services they sell, allowing them to increase their chances of winning more government contracts and growing their business.
Danielle Calamaras | BidNet.com
[i] City-Data.com. Dallas: Economy. Major Industries and Commercial Activity. 4 Mar. 2019
[iii] Vault. Industries-Professions. Telecommunications. 5 Mar. 2019