US DoT taps AT&T for upgraded connectivity

11 MAY 2021
AT&T won a contract to modernise and maintain voice and data networks for the US Department of Transportation (DoT) over the next 12 years, a deal the operator stated taps a growing trend of government bodies accessing cloud services.

Chris Smith, VP for civilian and shared services in the public sector, said the $175 million contract will include cloud technologies, 5G and security systems…

Personal communications will form a key part of AT&T’s work with the DoT, which employs 55,000 people nationwide: the operator will provide virtual private networking, IP-based voice services and secure cloud access.

Smith said wireless networks will be important for connecting vehicles as well as people, noting 5G and LTE have “great applicability” to “the management and control of drones, as well as autonomous vehicles”.