DISA opens center to increase bandwidth

The Defense Information Systems Agency yesterday opened a station to increase the bandwidth available to networked users, DOD Teleport-Northwest, at the Naval Support Activity, Northwest Annex, in Norfolk, Va.

DISA created the Teleport program to increase military bandwidth to enhance information sharing.

The program is intended to provide integrated satellite communications and Defense Information System Network services entry points, giving deployed users access to unclassified and classified Internet protocols, and telephone, videoconferencing and data transfer services.

The military's need for bandwidth was a common topic of discussion among Defense Department IT officials during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, when information needs exceeded the bandwidth available from Military Satellite Communications, according to DISA officials. DOD users were forced to rely more heavily on commercial satellite services.

Last month, DOD unveiled a new Teleport Testbed at the Communications Electronics Research and Development Center at Fort Monmouth, N.J. The telecommunications collection and distribution point, located at the center's Space and Terrestrial Communications Directorate, will test new technologies and implement upgrades of satellite systems, CECOM said in an announcement.

The DOD Teleport stations are strategically located in the United States, Germany, Italy and Japan, permitting global access via military and commercial satellites.

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