Friday, January 23, 2009

Verizon Business Wins $70 Million Contract for U.S. Army Installations

Verizon Business was awarded a contract valued at about $70.7 million to upgrade the communications infrastructure at five U.S. Army sites. Through task orders awarded under the Installation, Information, Infrastructure Modernization (IMOD) contract on behalf of the Project Manager for Network Services Center (NSC), which is under the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), Verizon Business is implementing upgrades at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; the Fort Greely, Range Operations Center and the Cold Regions Test Center in Alaska; Fort Lee, Virginia; Fort Sill, Oklahoma; and Kwajalein Atoll / Kwajalein Missile Range.

The IMOD contract was awarded in 2006 to Verizon Business and other prime contractors, which then bid on individual task orders. The IMOD program is designed to update the fiber-optic cable, data and voice communications at major Army posts and installations, integrating voice, data, cable plant and transmissions products. The Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Infrastructure Modernization (IMOD) program is valued at $4 billion over 10 years.

Some details of the projects include:

  • Aberdeen Proving Ground -- Under a four-year, $36.9 million task order, the existing IP data network is being upgraded, increasing bandwidth and installing new equipment that is capable of operating on IPv6.

  • Fort Lee -- Under a three-year, $9.6 million task order, the post's existing voice and data infrastructure will be upgraded. Fort Lee is the home of the Army's Combined Arms Center and provides logistics support to U.S. Army Joint and Coalition Operations around the world.

  • Fort Greely - Verizon Business was awarded two task orders at the Fort Greely, Range Operations Center and the Cold Regions Test Center in Alaska. Under the approximately $1.3 million, one-year task order, the existing infrastructure will be upgraded. This project, located in one of the coldest regions of the world, involves installing fiber-optic cable and outside plant infrastructure. The second task order is approximately $7.5 million with an 18 month timeframe. It provides an upgrade of the Administrative Communications Systems. Verizon Business will engineer, furnish, install, secure and test all components required to relocate the existing digital central office and upgrade the current network infrastructure.

  • Fort Sill -- Under a one-year, $2.5 million task order, the Fort Sill outside and inside plant communications infrastructure and the voice communications system will be upgraded. This effort will expand the existing voice network while adding advanced services, including a voice mail system. Fort Sill is home to the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center, including the U.S. Army Field Artillery School.

  • Kwajalein Atoll / Kwajalein Missile Range -- Under a $12.9 million, 24-month task order, Verizon Business is upgrading facilities for the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll / Kwajalein Missile Range (USAKA / KMR), located at Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific along with its tenants, the Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Army Space and Missile Command and Army Corp of Engineers. Verizon Business is upgrading the outside plant infrastructure, the optical transport and mission critical data networks.

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