Army Signs New Deal With Verizon

Verizon to upgrade U.S. Army telecom

WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- Verizon has received a contract to help modernize and improve the U.S. Army's telecommunications infrastructure.

Verizon Business -- through its federal network system -- was among 10 contractors chosen by the Army to participate in bidding for its $4 billion Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity Infrastructure Modernization program.

The 10 successful contractors are all guaranteed a minimum amount of the final program. The infrastructure modernization program replaces the Digital Switch Systems Modernization Program, which expires in June 2007.

Verizon Business announced Wednesday that Paul Bates, Verizon Business vice president for global professional services and enterprise solutions, said: "We are supporting Army communications from the installation level all the way up to the front lines. This effort is intended to increase network capabilities and boost bandwidth around the world.

"As the Army moves everything over to Internet protocol, Verizon Business will provide the latest technology to help the government increase networking capabilities while maintaining affordability," the company said.

Copyright 2006 United Press International, Inc.

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