Last week, Verizon Communications Inc. won a 10-year, $678.5 million contract with the Department of Homeland Security.
As prime contractor, Verizon will receive up to $679 million to consolidate multiple wide area networks shared by the department's 22 agencies into one secure Internet Protocol-based network. Verizon will manage the network for DHS employees at more than 5,000 sites worldwide.
As part of the agreement, the company will also build a Security Operations Center (SOC) for DHS.
The company will also work with DHS to improve its emergency communication system during man-made and natural disasters. "[Emergency Communications Services] will enable DHS to establish quick, mobile connectivity to any affected area within the United States and its territories to help meet its mission of disaster response and disaster recovery," the company said.
Verizon won the contract under the General Services Administration's (GSA) Networx Universal contract, which GSA says could be the largest telecommunications services transistion in the history of the federal government.
AT&T Government Solutions, a business unit of AT&T Inc., reports Reuters, also received a $292 million contract under the Networx Universal contract to be the secondary network service provider in the Eastern and Western regions.