Level 3 Communications Inc., today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has selected the company to deliver local area network managed services for the agency within the National Capital Region through the Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WTIS) 3 contract.
The global telecommunications carrier will provide end-to-end solutions–cable installation, network design, engineering, monitoring and management–for the DHS to connect to nearly 60 sites.
Edward Morche, senior vice president of East Region Enterprise and Government Markets for Level 3 Communications comments.
“Federal agencies are facing increasing pressure to keep pace with explosive demands for actionable data and remote access to information, while also managing significant budget constraints as a result of the sequestration,” said Morche. “This new operating environment is compelling government IT leaders to think differently and seek outsourced solutions, where previously they may have dedicated internal resources to solving problems we address every day at Level 3.”
The multi-year, multi-million dollar contract is indicative of the traction that Network as a Service (NaaS) models are gaining, said the company.
According to DHS, Level 3 will be one of the first telecommunications providers to deliver a fully outsourced NaaS solution to a federal government agency for use across the nation and worldwide.