AT&T Government Solutions (AGS) will be providing IP telephony to the U.S. State Department under a $275 million task order, the company announced Monday.
The deal contracts the AT&T Corp. division to convert the roughly 290 U.S. embassies and consulates to secure IP telephony over the next five years — a major win for AGS.
The deal plays into AGS’s endeavor to provide unfettered mobility for federal workers.
Stacy Schwartz, the executive director of federal civilian sales, closed the State Department deal and said the win is major for the company in part due to its size.
“It’s a very large contract, based on the sheer size and geographic breadth of the work, and is certainly important to us. From a strategic point of view this is exactly what we like to do in support of the government,” Schwartz said in an interview with WashingtonExec. “We’re enabling government to operate in an environment where the technology is not limiting at all… in fact it’s enabling. The systems we would provide would provide a technology platform for advance.”
The company apart from designing and procuring IP telephony systems will as part of the global deployment be tasked with dispatching personnel to install, integrate and test the systems as they’re brought online.
“It’s a challenging program but we’re up to the task…We’re delighted to have their award of the program and we’re looking forward to supporting the state department for many years to come,” Schwartz said.
“AT&T Government Solutions is proud to serve the U.S. Department of State as it deploys leading-edge communications technologies that will serve as a critical resource in its diplomatic missions worldwide,” said AGS President Kay Kapoor. “This is an exciting example of the concept of secured, unified communications being brought to life. We look very forward to supporting the State Department now and in the future.”
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