AT&T Reveals More about the $ 306 Value of DHS Network Modernization Win
After the protest period ended, AT&T won four contracts with a combined maximum of $ 306 million to upgrade the Department of Homeland Security’s telecommunications environment, including infrastructure.
AT&T announced Thursday that its work will directly support DHS headquarters and three of the department’s component agencies: Immigration and Customs, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Science and Technology Directorate.
DHS placed the orders for the government-wide Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle for next-generation telecommunications services and solutions. AT&T won the thesis on the offers of its two main federal telecommunications competitors in Verizon and Lumen Technologies, whose protests were rejected in judgments by the Government Accountability Office were unsealed earlier this month.
For these particular efforts, the department is using Internet protocol-based network services and virtualized functions, including new cybersecurity protection measures to reduce the number of Internet connections.
The orders also give DHS access to the FirstNet network set up by AT&T for communication in the area of public safety, for which the department will have options for mobility integration including wireless edge solutions.
“We are honored that DHS has selected us to modernize its communications capabilities with an IP-based infrastructure,” said Stacy Schwarz, AT&T vice president of FirstNet and Public Safety, in a press release. “We expect that the transformation of the network will drive the many missions of the DHS agencies into the future.”