OAKTON, Va., Nov. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --
What's the news? The U.S. Agency for International
Development (USAID), which leads the U.S. Government's
international development and disaster assistance around the world,
has awarded AT&T* a Task Order agreement to support its
domestic and international wireless and wireline connectivity
needs. The agreement, awarded via the General Services
Administration's (GSA's) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS)
contract, is valued at $182 million
over 10-years if all options are exercised.
Why is this important? USAID is the world's
premier international development agency. It provides financial and
humanitarian assistance to more than 100 countries to promote
global health and stability, catalyze innovation and partnership
and empower women and girls. USAID's work advances U.S. national
security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity,
and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.
What is the scope of the capabilities AT&T will provide
to USAID? Under this Task Order, AT&T will continue to
provide wireline voice and data services to USAID domestic
locations while significantly expanding the scope of services we
provide. We will consolidate USAID's disparate networks onto the
AT&T global IP voice network and provide mission critical
connectivity in support of an additional 90 USAID international
locations. We expect to transform connectivity in USAID data
centers, integrate global satellite connectivity to support
communications across the globe, and provide mobile data solutions
that will allow USAID personnel to establish mobile hot spots in
locations where connectivity is scarce.
The Task Order allows USAID to access additional advanced
networking capabilities from us such as cybersecurity services,
hosted voice services and high-speed cloud connectivity
Here's what people are saying:
Chris Smith, Vice
President-Civilian and Shared Services, AT&T Public Sector and
"We're honored to support the important work of the
nearly 15,000 personnel at USAID who help under-resourced nations
cope with famine, disease, war, oppression and natural or man-made
disasters. Our aim is to ensure they have the connectivity
they need when and where they need it to deliver their mission to
bring relief and hope to the needy."
When does the work begin? Work is underway to
transition USAID to our global IP network. The transition is
expected to be completed in early 2023.
The U.S. Agency for International
Development leads the U.S. Government's international development
and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that
save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and
help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond
Where can I find more information? Go here for more
information about AT&T's work in the public sector or visit the
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