The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) component has awarded Lumen Technologies a $137 million contract to provide mission-critical communications, internet connectivity, and network services that support the law enforcement agency’s systems and facilities across the United States and overseas.
Under the new contract, Lumen will support CBP’s mission readiness by enhancing the design, engineering, provisioning, management, transition, maintenance, and evolution of the agency’s communications services.
Lumen will also help CBP with IT modernization efforts by working with the agency to adopt a software-defined wide area network solution.
The 11-year contract, which has an initial one-year term with 10 one-year options, was awarded to Lumen under the General Services Administration’s 15-year, $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program.
“[CBP]’s 24/7 mission to protect the American people, safeguard borders and enhance the nation’s economic prosperity means they need a proven network provider that can deliver fast, secure and steadfast connectivity,” said Zain Ahmed, senior vice president of Lumen public sector, in a press release. “CBP put its trust in Lumen to enable next-gen applications and data-driven operations in a world where the reliability and availability of the agency’s network and IT infrastructure must be always on.”