Defense extends videoconferencing contract with AT&T subsidiary

The Defense Department has granted a 22-month, $26 million extension of a contract with AT&T Government Solutions for videoconferencing services, according to the company.

Under the contract, first awarded in February 1997, AT&T maintains and operates video hubs around the world that are used to conduct more than 2,000 videoconferences each month for both command and control and administrative purposes. The company has provided videoconferencing services to the Defense Department for more than 20 years.

As part of the work, AT&T is adding a sixth video hub in southwest Asia. This expansion is valued at more than $4 million.

The company also operates a 24-hour network management center to support the video network, which can connect up to 25 sites for a videoconference. More than 3,000 military units worldwide have access to the network.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication, Washington Technology.

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