AT&T to Modernize U.S. Customs and Border Protection Networks


AT&T to Modernize U.S. Customs and Border Protection Networks

By Stefania Viscusi

The U.S Customer and Border Protection agency has more than 60,000 employees, It’s job is to enhance the nation's security by keeping terrorists, weapons, and drugs out, while facilitating safe, lawful international travel and trade. To do so, it requires reliable, highly secure voice and data communications to support its customs and border, iimmigration, and agricultural protection operations.

To facilitate those efforts, it has chosen AT&T as its managed network provider. AT&T has been awarded a task order for CBP to modernize its voice and data networks. The goal is to deliver a more reliable network, with high-speed wireline and wireless connectivity, for its Federal Law Enforcement Agents nationwide. 

Valued at $119 million over 11 years, the task order is an expansion of work AT&T is doing for CBP and will now include virtual private network services,  cloud connectivity, national security and emergency preparedness services, audio conferencing capabilities, managed network and security services, and more.

The conract was awarded via the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract and CBP will have the option to acquire additional capabilities from AT&T, like its Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services, IP-based voice, unified communications, and others as needed.

"This new task order allows us to deliver our advanced communications capabilities to support the important work CBP's agents do, day in and day out, to protect our nation at all points of entry, from our borders to airports and seaports,” said Stacy Schwartz, vice president of FirstNet, AT&T Public Sector and FirstNet. “It's an honor to be able to serve those who serve us by ensuring they have speedy, reliable access to the data critical to support their mission, their agents, and all Americans."

Edited by Erik Linask
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