Verizon has won some very high profile federal business. The telecommunications giant has won three task orders worth as much as $966.5M to modernize network infrastructure for the US Department of Defense in and around Washington DC.
The biggest of the three contracts checks in at $515.3M to transition the entire Pentagon from copper to fiber and IP voice, enabling a converged voice and data network spanning some 52,000 voice lines. Nearly that size is a $432.9M task order to deliver voice and data to 370 locations within the surrounding counties that make up the DOD National Capital Region. And the final $18.3M will be to upgrade Fort Belvoir’s network infrastructure.
Of course, one is simultaneously shocked and thoroughly unsurprised that the Pentagon is still using copper phone lines. But that is the nature of government bureaucracy, and obviously there is fiber and wireless already in that ecosystem they are just still using copper alongside it. I’m sure the same remains true across other federal departments in the region.
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