Verizon Business wins $2.5b Pentagon comms contract

Verizon Business has been awarded a contract worth up to $2.5 billion to provide telecom services at US Department of Defense (DoD) bases worldwide.

The contract, awarded by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), will see Verizon Business provide network and data services at US military installations around the world.

Verizon and its predecessor, Bell Atlantic, have long held the contracts to manage Pentagon communications worldwide, but this latest deal was won through an open tender, a company official said.

Verizon Business will provide up to 10Gbps in bandwidth over fiber or satellite. It will also provide managed IP, Ethernet and internet services. The ten-year contract will be worth $2.5 billion only if all the options are exercised.

Verizon Business sales vice-president Marlin Forbes said the company is the largest provider of telecom services to the US federal government.

"We have seen the government's demands for advanced, network-centric communications evolve, and we look forward to helping military installations remain on the cutting edge of the latest technology," he said.