Verizon Wins $2.5 Billion Defense Contract

By Roy Mark  |  Posted 2009-03-11

Verizon Business will provide network and data services at U.S. Department of Defense installations around the world under a new contract awarded by Defense Information Systems Agency. The March 11 announcement said the 10-year contract is valued at $2.5 billion.

Verizon Business previously had provided the network services under the preceding DISA  contract.

Under the contract, Verizon Business will provide telecommunications services at military installations and other government sites located in the Asia-Pacific region, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, the Middle East and the United States.

The Verizon network supports many aspects of military operations around the globe, including individual circuits to fully managed transmission services. The service provides bandwidth ranging from 64 Kbps to 10G wavelength over fiber or satellite, or both. Verizon Business will also provide managed data services including Internet protocol, Ethernet and Internet services.

"As a long-time communications provider for defense agencies, we have seen the government's demands for advanced, network-centric communications evolve,"  Marlin Forbes, regional vice president of Verizon Federal, said in a statement. "As the leading provider of communications to the federal government, we have unmatched experience helping the U.S. military meet its missions around the globe."


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