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July 27, 2020
 

Government Marketing and Procurement LLC,* Wimberley, Texas, was awarded an $18,000,000 modification (P00005) to contract W912DY-18-D-0024 for Vocera wireless hands-free communications systems and supporting hardware/software infrastructure. Work will be performed in Wimberley, Texas, with an estimated completion date of August 1, 2023. Fiscal 2020 Defense Health Program funds in the amount of $18,000,000 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville, Alabama, is the contracting activity. *Small Business

April 29, 2020
By Chris Collura, VP Federal Sales at CommScope
Credit: Shutterstock/Fit Ztudio

There’s no question that 2020 is going to be a big year for technology transformation in the Defense Department. The National Defense Authorization Act gives DoD a $738 billion budget – a $20 billion increase over last year – with an emphasis on fielding the technology necessary for a faster, more agile force, while improving operations and efficiency across the enterprise. That means having fast, low-latency cellular and Wi-Fi connections at every access point and refreshing its legacy infrastructure.

April 1, 2020
By Jennifer Miller

The Secure 5G and Beyond Act, the Promoting United States Wireless Leadership Act and the Prague Proposals have topped the headlines in recent months. All three are focused on security.

March 1, 2020
By Shaun Waterman
Hardware for 5G networks largely comes from non-U.S. firms. Samsung technology provides the foundation for Sprint Mobile’s 5G network in Chicago. Credit: Samsung

The much-hyped 5G has begun to arrive, but in the United States, the truly transformative elements of these next-generation cellular networks are probably still four or five years off. Although improvements such as 100-times-faster speeds will enable more life-and-death type services, including remote surgery or self-driving cars, they also employ a more compromised hardware supply chain and offer a larger attack surface than current networks, federal officials warn.

“The anxiety from governments and regulators about the security issues [arising from 5G] and possible nation-state interference is at a fever pitch right now,” Robert Mayer, senior vice president for cybersecurity, USTelecom, says.

October 31, 2017
 

AT&T Mobility National Accounts LLC, doing business as AT&T Mobility, Hanover, Maryland (N00244-18-D-0001); T-Mobile, Bellevue, Washington (N00244-18-D-0002); and Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, New Jersey (N00244-18-D-0003), are being awarded an estimated $198,700,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract for wireless services and devices in support of the Navy, Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, other Department of Defense agencies, and federal agencies.

October 20, 2017
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gerard Holodak, USA, 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, fires a confined space, light anti-armor weapon at Alaska’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Classified Wi-Fi will improve the agility and operational flexibility of Army command posts by allowing commanders and staff to stay securely connected and make faster, more informed decisions on the battlefield, Army officials say. Photo by Staff Sgt. Westin Warburton, USAF

Secure Wi-Fi for classified operations is now available to the U.S. military, thanks to recent policy, hardware and software improvements.

This is of great importance, especially to the Army, which faces challenges with command-post networks. Given size, weight and power constraints, these networks lack mobility, explained Paul Mehney, director of public communications for the Army's Program Executive Office Command, Control, Communications-Tactical (PEO C3T). The Army needs more rapid network initialization and faster command-post setup and teardown.

August 4, 2015
By Sandra Jontz

As if cyber breaches of key federal networks haven’t been problematic enough for experts, hackers increasingly target smaller branch offices that present a weak link in cybersecurity. Wireless connectivity at remote locations leave networks vulnerable because they are not hardened with the latest firewall protections and traditionally do not have a lot of tech support, one expert says.

“Small branch offices are becoming a greater point of attack,” says Paul Christman, executive director of federal sales for Dell Software. “We don’t need to storm the castle anymore to gain access to valuable information or access into the networks.”

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.

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.