The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component has awarded an 11-year, $119 million task order to AT&T to help the agency modernize its networks and ensure reliable, high-speed wireline and wireless connectivity.

The task order was awarded via the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract. It will ensure CBP’s Federal Law Enforcement Agents nationwide have access to reliable voice and data networks, and will support more than 60,000 employees.

“This new task order allows us to deliver our advanced communications capabilities to support the important work CBP’s agents do, day in and day out, to protect our nation at all points of entry: from our borders to airports and seaports,” Stacy Schwartz, vice president of AT&T’s public sector and FirstNet business unit, said in a press release.

“It’s an honor to be able to serve those who serve us by ensuring they have speedy, reliable access to the data critical to support their mission, their agents, and all Americans,” Schwartz added.

AT&T said the order marks an expansion of its work with CBP, and will provide services such as virtual private networking services, cloud connectivity, national security and emergency preparedness services, audio conferencing capabilities, and managed network and security services.

CBP also has the option to add additional capabilities under the task order, such as Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS), IP-based voice, and unified communications.

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Grace Dille is MeriTalk's Assistant Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.