Telecom contracts link federal activities overseas

Telecom contracts link federal activities overseas

The State Department's Diplomatic Telecommunications Service Program Office has awarded contracts worth up to $36 million a year for landline and satellite links to overseas posts.

The program office in Fairfax, Va., provides a full range of telecom products and services to government activities at 250 U.S. embassies and consulates around the world. The new contracts will run for up to 10 years and include dedicated private lines ranging in capacity from fractional T1 to Optical Carrier level, plus video and IP and asynchronous transfer mode data services.

The program office has begun processing task orders for the contracts with Artel Video Systems Inc. of Marlborough, Mass., AT&T Corp.'s Government Solutions group, Qwest Communications International Inc. of Denver, VeriStar Corp. of Oakland Calif., and WorldCom Inc.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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