June 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
The fifth generation of wireless technology, or 5G, is widely being promoted as a transformational technology, but its uses for the military are just starting to be defined, experts say. Credit: jamesteohart/Shutterstock

News about the coming 5G wireless network is seemingly everywhere, with advertisements referring to it as revolutionary or transformational. And indeed, the suggested “superpowers” of the fifth generation of wireless technology are quite impressive: great speed, improved latency and tremendous capacity in terms of bandwidth. 5G will provide connectivity to many more devices, support video and other digital images at much higher capacities and broaden the era of the Internet of Things. 5G will become the basis for critical infrastructure and the platform that enables the use of autonomous vehicles, which will alter daily life.

April 9, 2018

Both AT&T Corp., Columbia, Maryland, and Verizon Business Network Services Inc., Ashburn, Virginia, were awarded firm fixed price modifications to exercise option year four of previously awarded, sole-source contracts.

March 2, 2018
By Maryann Lawlor
Image courtesy of BlackBerry

As enterprises mobilize business processes, more and more sensitive information passes through and resides on mobile devices. BlackBerry, a virtual grandfather in the handheld devices world, offers chief information officers (CIOs) an idea of what they’re up against when attempting to ensure the security of data flying through cyberspace.

July 1, 2015
By Robert K. Ackerman

The “2015 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report,” released this spring, states that the top three industries affected by cybermarauders are public, information and financial services. This is unchanged from the annual report’s results last year. The report adds that the estimated financial loss from 700 million compromised records totals $400 million.

June 2, 2014

Verizon Business Network Services Incorporated, Ashburn, Virginia, was awarded a $10,567,483 firm-fixed-price contract for the priority telecommunication service to support the Department of Homeland Security Office of Emergency Communications. This contract has a nine-month base period and nine one-year option periods. If all options are exercised, the total cumulative contract value is $81,027,515. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DITCO), Scott Air Force Base, Illinois is the contracting activity (HC1013-14-C-0002).

July 12, 2013
George I. Seffers

Verizon Business Network Services, Ashburn, Va., was awarded an $11,935,014 modification to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price, level-of-effort, option-filled contract for the procurement of managed network services. The cumulative total face value of this contract is $48,040,727. The Army Contracting Command, Fort Bragg, N.C., is the contracting activity. 

June 13, 2012
By George Seffers

Verizon Business Services, Ashburn, Virginia, was awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity sole-source contract for Defense Research and Engineering Network II telecommunication services for the High Performance Computing Modernization Program Office. The total value of this action is $40,787,599. Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.

May 7, 2012
By George Seffers

New Cingular Wireless Services Incorporated, doing business as AT&T Mobility, Hanover, Maryland; Sprint Communications Company Limited Partnership, doing business as Sprint, Reston, Virginia; and Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract for domestic and international wireless services, as well as data plans and devices. The maximum dollar value for the program, including one 12-month base period and four 12-month option periods for all three contracts combined, is $750 million. Funding will be provided at the task order level.

December 23, 2011
By George Seffers

AT&T Mobility L.L.C., Hanover, Maryland; Sprint-Nextel, Reston, Virginia; T-Mobile USA Incorporated, Bellevue, Washington; and Verizon Wireless, Laurel, Maryland, are each being awarded contract modifications to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award task order contracts supporting the Department of Navy (DoN) Wireless Services Program. This modification will increase the ceiling amount of the option period by $77,600,000 and will extend the option period by four months for each of the four contracts. This effort is necessary to enable DoN to meet its wireless service requirements due to an increased usage and influx of former Navy/Marine Corps Intranet contract users.

December 21, 2010
By George Seffers

AT&T Mobility Limited Liability Corporation, Hanover, Maryland; Sprint-Nextel, Reston, Virginia; T-Mobile USA Incorporated, Bellevue, Washington; and Verizon Wireless, Laurel, Maryland, are each being awarded a multiple award task order contract to provide wireless service and devices to the Navy. The maximum dollar value, including the base period and one six-month option period, for all four contracts combined is $96 million. These four contractors may compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

August 11, 2010
By George Seffers

AT&T Wireless Services, Hanover, Maryland, Sprint-Nextel, Lone Tree, Colorado, and Verizon Wireless, Laurel, Maryland, are each being awarded a contract extension to provide nationwide wireless cellular phone service to the Navy.  For AT&T, the estimated amount of the extension for each company is $10 million.  The Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.

July 24, 2009
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business has received a $140 million task order to serve as an Internet protocol and data services provider for the U.S. Social Security Administration.

March 11, 2009
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business will provide network and data services at U.S. Defense Department installations around the world under a new contract awarded by the Defense Information Systems Agency. Under the Defense Information System Network Transmission Services-Pacific II contract, Verizon Business will provide telecommunications services at military installations and other government sites located in the Asia-Pacific region, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and South America, the Middle East and the United States.

February 2, 2009
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business will provide a range of local voice and data services to federal agencies in five mid-Atlantic states under a new agreement, valued at as much as $121 million, with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). Under the contract, the GSA and other federal agencies in the mid-Atlantic region, which covers Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia, can immediately buy local voice and data services, including Centrex, Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) services, network-based voice messaging, private line data services and related managed and professional services.

January 23, 2009
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business will upgrade the communications infrastructure of five U.S. Army sites. The estimated value of the projects is about $70.7 million, and the task orders are 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).

January 21, 2009
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business will provide NASA with audio, video and Web conferencing services to help the agency collaborate more effectively. Under a new agreement valued at more than $108 million if all options are exercised, Verizon Business will be the primary conferencing services provider to NASA centers and facilities as well as select contractor locations.

December 10, 2008
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business and Nortel have reached a three-year agreement in which Nortel will evolve its traditional voice system to Verizon Internet Protocol (IP) Trunking VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) service, which is based on session initiation protocol. In addition, Verizon Business will manage Nortel's existing Verizon Private IP network, enabling Nortel to benefit from expanded managed network service capabilities and industry-leading service level agreements.

November 5, 2008
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business will provide a broad range of data and advanced voice services to the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization through two agreements worth up to $1.12 billion. Under one agreement valued at as much as $752 million, Verizon Business will provide the Defense Department with data services, including network-based Internet protocol virtual private network services based on multi-protocol label switching, asynchronous transfer mode and wireless and point-to-point private lines for existing services.

October 31, 2008
By Katie Packard

Verizon Business has received a 10-year, $21 million contract under the U.S. General Service Administration's Networx Universal contract to provide call center routing and support for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Verizon Business will provide toll-free services, hosted interactive voice response and secure database applications for Veterans Affairs call centers nationwide.