Pricing Information

The Economic Model (EM) assists agencies in conducting initial pricing research using the FSSI Wireless BPAs.

The FSSI Wireless Economic Model is a downloadable Excel-based spreadsheet that presents the potential savings outcomes based on different wireless usage profiles using the lowest awarded prices to-date by each FSSI Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) industry partner.

The Economic Model (EM) is an aid, not a substitute, for a Request for Information (RFI) and quotes from contractors. Use these resources to gather pricing information. When you’re ready to order, visit How to Order and consult the industry partners or their specific BPAs for ordering according to Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 8.405-3(c)(2).

Use this EM to:

  • Calculate the average cost/device, expected total cost and potential savings;
  • Account for the device mix and different usage profiles; and
  • Compare this to the average pricing and optimized pricing found against competed agreements against the FSSI Wireless BPAs.

Download the Economic Model

The EM uses actual prices paid for specific contract line item numbers (CLINs) under the FSSI BPAs. The tool is updated as we gather additional pricing data. For the latest information, download the EM again to ensure you have the latest pricing information.

FSSI Wireless Economic Model [Excel - 1.3 MB]

Current Usage and Considerations

You need to understand your assets and general usage patterns to use the EM. We calculate your existing device cost based on the total number of devices, device type, general usage pattern, and monthly cost for your services.

To help collect this data, we use the Data Survey Template [Excel - 33 KB] to do an internal audit. You can also use this information to describe to vendors total devices, usage attributes, and locations when it comes to developing your Request for Quotations (RFQ).

Entering the Data

Use the data you have collected via the Data Survey Template to:

Enter the total number of wireless devices or plans you currently have or that you plan to procure.

Enter the percentage mix among device types. You must enter a percentage for at least one device type. The total mix must equal 100 percent. For example, if you are pricing data-only devices (i.e., devices without voice capabilities), enter 100 percent for the Data Only devices. When entering the percentage, the tool automatically calculates corresponding units for each device type in a separate column.

Enter the total cost of wireless services. The total cost is the total average monthly expenditures for wireless services associated with the number of devices in Step 1. The total cost of wireless services should include taxes, fees, and any overage charges. The tool calculates and displays the overall average cost per unit (required by pricing algorithm) in a separate column. This figure is derived by dividing the total cost (Step 3) by the number of devices (Step 1) and factoring out five percent for taxes and fees.

Select a usage profile from the drop-down list that most closely matches the average actual usage level for your user base across the different types of wireless devices. The usage profile represents different wireless usage patterns found across the federal government. Your selection generates the usage assumptions needed for the price estimate. The profile assumptions may be higher or lower than your actual usage. A conservative pricing practice is to select a profile with usage that is higher than your actual amounts.

Select the “Calculate” button to run the pricing algorithms and see the anticipated savings using the FSSI Wireless program. Upon changing any input(s), select the “Calculate” button again to update the results.

The Results

The results display in a color-coded banner box on the right side of the screen. The banner box summarizes FSSI wireless pricing and suggests next steps. The table below the banner box presents five pricing metrics. Each metric shows the average among all four BPA industry partners and the best pricing currently available to meet your needs among the contractors.

Pricing results are optimized to achieve the lowest cost outcome based on usage levels, vendor-specific plans, and the lowest awarded price to-date by each vendor.

  • Expected Monthly Wireless Spend ($) – This is the expected equivalent monthly costs using the FSSI Wireless BPAs. Compare this with your current average monthly costs in Step 3.
  • Average Price / Device per Month ($) – This is the comparable average monthly price per device using FSSI-Wireless.
  • Savings / Device per Month ($) – The difference between your current average monthly price/device and the expected FSSI-Wireless average price/device.
  • Percentage (%) Savings – Savings expressed on a percentage basis (Savings/Current Average Price).
  • Annual Savings ($) – Monthly savings annualized across the base of all devices.
Last Reviewed 2016-03-08