U. S. Army Selects Verizon Business to Upgrade Network Services for Fort Huachuca

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. - Verizon Business will help the U.S. Army modernize its communications infrastructure and systems at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., to support increased bandwidth and converged communications while  improving vital communications for military operations now and in the future.

The Army awarded Verizon Business the Fort Huachuca task order, estimated at up to $20 million and covering two and a half years. The task order was issued under the $4 billion infrastructure modernization (IMOD) contract under which the Army is updating communications capabilities at major facilities. The IMOD contract was awarded in 2006 to 10 prime contractors including Verizon Business, which then bid on individual task orders. 

Fort Huachuca is home to the United States Army Intelligence Center, the Joint Interoperability Test Command and the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command.  It provides vital information technology (IT) and communications infrastructure in support of these and other important military organizations.

Verizon Business will upgrade Fort Huachuca's outside and inside plant infrastructure, install pre-fabricated communications shelters to store and protect critical communications assets, and modernize the facility's data network to support increased bandwidth and converged communications requirements for current and future military requirements. The upgrade will enable the post to introduce new IP-based services with the next generation of Internet protocol - known as IPv6 - while providing future capabilities to integrate voice, data and video systems into a unified Army network infrastructure.

"Modernizing the Army's communications infrastructure will allow facilities such as Fort Huachuca to increase the speed, reliability, security, quality and flexibility of vital network-centric operations," said Susan Zeleniak, vice president of federal markets for Verizon Business. "As the Army moves to EoIP, or everything over IP, Verizon Business is well-positioned to apply our professional services talent and convergence expertise to extend the benefits of IP all the way to the front lines."

The Fort Huachuca project is a critical component of the Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP), the Army's ongoing effort to modernize the core information infrastructure at installations worldwide. The IMOD contract vehicle provides a valuable mechanism for transitioning the Army's networks to IP services and providing higher bandwidth connections in concert with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) program.

As a leading communications provider to defense agencies and the largest provider of communications services to the U.S. federal government, Verizon Business has a long history of providing secure and reliable mission-critical networks to the federal government. With its extensive global network and comprehensive portfolio of services, Verizon Business can provide federal agencies with one-stop shopping for their IT, communications or connectivity needs. The company has built the next-generation services that are helping to transform the way government customers -- and their constituents -- do business.  

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