It seems as if networking contacts should now be measured by the billion. I reported on another close to a billion-dollar deal yesterday between IBM (quote - news - alert) and British bank Lloyds TSB valued at $969 million. Today, it was announced that the U.S. Treasury Department just awarded AT&T (quote - news - alert) Government Solutions division and its team of subcontractors a deal valued at close to $1 billion dollars for the telecom to build and deploy one of the largest civilian agency networks.
The new network is expected to serve more than 1,000 domestic locations and tens of thousands of users in the U.S. and overseas. According to the terms of the agreement, the Treasury Communications Enterprise (TCE) contract is to be executed over the next three years with seven one-year options.
The AT&T Government Solutions team was called upon to build a secure, high-speed Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN) designed to efficiently and cost-effectively handle Treasury’s voice, video and data traffic. The agency’s personnel will now be able to communicate with any location or data center over a common, low-cost network infrastructure that will accommodate future requirements, such as Voice over IP (VoIP - define - news - alert) and real-time video services. With a common Web-based interface in place, users will also have access to online ordering, billing, help desk support and network performance information so they can actively manage the network.
“We have assembled the best companies in the industry to assist us in implementing a secure IP network that will accommodate the future convergence of voice and data while transitioning smoothly from current technology,” said Lou Addeo, president of AT&T Government Solutions. “We’re proud to serve the Treasury Department and look forward to using our network integration skills to deliver a solution that could become a model for agencies that are thinking about how to prepare for the networking of the future.”
AT&T’s team includes various IT firms in the fields of network transition planning; equipment installation, deployment and maintenance; help desk services and network security. They include Illinois-based Accenture LLP; BAE Systems of McLean, VA; DreamHammer of Santa Monica, CA; GTSI of Chantilly, VA; Lucent Technologies of Murray Hill, NJ; and SRA of Fairfax, VA.
|Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was
assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She
can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com.