March 1, 2021
By George I. Seffers
The DARPA OPS-5G program has set some ambitious goals, including adoption of the technology by a mobile carrier near a military base and machine translation of open source standards. Credit: ZinetroN/Shutterstock

If all goes as planned, a major mobile cellphone carrier will ultimately adopt technology developed under the Defense Advanced Research Project’s Agency’s Open, Programmable, Secure 5G program. Doing so will allow the open-source, secure technology to proliferate as so-called Internet of Things technologies become more ubiquitous.

September 2, 2020

AT&T Government Solutions Inc., Vienna, Virginia, is awarded an $8,207,565 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to exercise an option for continuation of services and sustainment support of Navy Enterprise 911 routing and management service. This modification increases the estimated value of the contract from $21,978,526 to $30,186,091. The overall potential value of the contract is $39,509,592 if the final option is exercised. Work will be performed throughout the continental U.S.; Navy Region Hawaii; and Joint Region Marianas. The period of performance of this option period is from September 1, 2020, to August 31, 2021.

July 9, 2019
The U.S. Marine Corps is replacing some of its aging infrastructure at its recruiting centers to improve connectivity and support Internet of Things devices, making the recruiting process easier. Marine Corps recruits with the India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, prepare for initial drill evaluations on Parris Island, South Carolina, last fall. Credit: U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dana Beesley.

The Marine Corps is replacing aging communications technology at its U.S recruiting centers and has selected New-York-based MetTel to provide the improved infrastructure. MetTel will upgrade the service’s aging T-1 transmission lines with high speed broadband.

“We are putting broadband Internet services into 1,500 of their recruiting stations,” said Diana Gowen, general manager and senior vice president, MetTel Federal. “Compared to what they had previously, they're saving about 70% in telecommunications costs.”

February 22, 2018

The U.S. Army has selected Polaris Alpha to provide the Army with advanced telecommunications equipment and services in the Middle East, under an $18 million task vehicle referred to as the Microwave Line of Sight (MLoS) Integration, also known as the Rapid MLoS Network order contract work (RoMaN). The effort will support the Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF–OIR) in Kuwait. Under terms of the contract, Polaris Alpha will provide MLoS capabilities for communication and data services across multiple networks.

November 3, 2010
By George Seffers

L-3 Services Incorporated, Mount Laurel, New Jersey, is being awarded a $17 million contract for critical engineering and technical services in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division's Special Communications Requirements Division. Services will support legacy, current and next-generation telecommunication and related system requirements for various Navy, Army, Air Force, special operations forces, and other agencies. The Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity.