AT&T to Supply Networking Capabilities to DHS with FirstNet Option
Thursday, May 27, 2021 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) awarded AT&T four task to modernize and transform the department’s telecommunications infrastructure with IP-based networking services. The awards have a combined value of $306 million over 12 years if all options are exercised.

The task orders were made under the General Services Administration's (GSA) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract. The four task orders are for networking services in support of the department's headquarters, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Science and Technology Directorate (S&T).

DHS is using the EIS contract to procure innovations such as IP-based networking services. The task orders awarded to AT&T pave the way for DHS to access a full spectrum of flexible products and services including data networking, voice collaboration, equipment, security and labor. They also provide DHS the option to access FirstNet, built with AT&T, to deliver reliable, always-on priority communications to its first responders and public-safety personnel. Via these agreements, DHS will have options for mobility integration using FirstNet to connect beyond wires with wireless edge solutions for primary and failover connectivity.

The DHS has the mission to secure the nation from the many threats the country faces, with more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response and from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. To achieve its mission, DHS requires a technologically advanced communications platform that offers fast connectivity and data transport in a highly secure manner.

AT&T will help DHS virtualize its networking capabilities on our platform. The carrier will deliver advanced technologies to DHS such as its IP software-based networking capabilities, SD-WAN, cybersecurity protections that reduce the number of internet connections for improved monitoring and zero-trust networking to help ensure only valid users have network access. These capabilities can help DHS transform and secure its network to meet current and future connectivity demands in the service of its mission.

"We're honored DHS selected us to modernize its communications capabilities with an IP-based infrastructure,” said Stacy Schwartz, vice president, FirstNet and public safety, AT&T. We expect the networking transformation to power the many missions of DHS agencies into the future."

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