AT&T Government Solutions has been granted a series of task orders worth up to $48 million to provide satellite-based voice, video and Internet services to military service personnel who are deployed overseas.
The task orders will allow AT&T and its partners to use network management, professional services, and satellite communication capabilities to design, deploy and maintain a satellite and IP-based mobile communications network to support the U.S. Marine Corps’ Morale Portable Satellite Communications program.
The MoraleSat equipment, which includes the L-3 GCS Cheetah auto-acquire flyaway VSAT system and the MissionMobility Modular Communications Suite, allows military personnel to access voice, video and web-based services through readily deployed mobile communication satellite terminals and IP router components. MoraleSat also helps personnel to access social media websites that are not accessible on military data networks, including Facebook and Skype.
“The U.S. military needed a global network that could handle large volumes of morale-type voice, video, and data traffic that did not affect mission-critical networks,” said John Klebonis, vice president, AT&T Government Solutions. “AT&T’s solution provides the U.S. Marine Corps and other U.S. military services with access to commercially-available services, supported by around-the-clock maintenance and support.”