AT&T Chosen to Modernize U.S. Coast Guard Data Network
Wednesday, December 08, 2021 | Comments

The Defense Information Systems Agency selected AT&T to consolidate the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) disparate data communications networks onto a single modernized data communication platform.

The agreement, which is valued at $161 million over 11 years if all options are exercised, was awarded under a task order of the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization.

As a result of the new task order, AT&T becomes USCG's principal provider of data telecommunications services globally. AT&T expects to help USCG usher in the future of its communications by delivering a new data communications platform that offers improvements in network efficiencies, speed and flexibility. The networking platform can help ensure USCG users have the advanced communications capabilities they require to support their missions, At&T said.

USCG's network data services support a variety of connectivity, communications and operational requirements that enables its users to access and use the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN), sensitive but unclassified (SBU) voice, the Internet, authorized intranets, appropriate extranets and other operations.

We will supply USCG an IP-based, fast, flexible and reliable data network to support a variety of connectivity, communications and operation requirements.

In addition, the task order paves the way for the USCG to expand its usage of FirstNet. FirstNet, built with AT&T, is public safety's dedicated, nationwide communications platform.

As a subscriber to FirstNet, the USCG uses FirstNet services and capabilities for routine and special operations. As of October 2020, USCG had equipped more than 1,300 pilots and aircrew across all aviation equipment types with FirstNet-enabled tablets for pre-flight planning and awareness purposes.

USCG officials also use FirstNet to securely distribute mission-critical guidance, references and policies, significantly enhancing operational efficiency and safety during both day-to-day operations, as well as large-scale disaster responses.

In addition to day-to-day operations, the USCG has successfully used FirstNet during major events and incidents, including search and rescue cases, Fleet Week events, and national security special events such as the Super Bowl.

AT&T expects to deliver under the task order include IP-based wide area network, Ethernet, virtual private networking (VPN), private line, fixed wireless, optical wavelength and commercial satellite communication. The company will manage the services for the USCG in support of its diverse missions across 1,200 locations.

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