The US State Department is outsourcing the operation of its domestic telecommunications system to Electronic Data Systems.
The company will take charge of the State Department's agency-wide telecommunications network, which provides voice, data and video conferencing services.
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EDS, the world's second-largest provider of IT services, will also enhance the network, which links more than 40 locations across the US
The contract has a one-year base period with options that could extend to a total of seven and a half years. Its value was not disclosed.
EDS will lead a team of suppliers that include AT&T, Henkels & McCoy and TWD & Associates.
Juan Carlos Perez writes for IDG News Service