AT&T lands phone conrtact

BARKING SANDS — AT&T recently received a 10-year contract from the Defense Information Systems Agency to replace its Hawaii network.

The telecom company will support U.S. military in the Pacific region by supplying a high-speed communications network for operations from the Hawaiian Islands, AT&T said in a statement.

The upgrade is expected to improve the military’s ability to share information. The secure network will support integrated voice, video and data services, possibly affecting operations at the Pacific Missile Range Facility as it tracks and operates submarines, surface ships, aircraft and space vehicles simultaneously.

“DISA provides information technology and communications support to the Department of Defense,” said Robert Purdy, PMRF public affairs officer. “As this has just been announced, it is still a bit premature for us to speculate as to how this will impact PMRF operations.”

PMRF is the world’s largest multi-environment testing and training missile range. Its annual economic contribution is estimated at more than $146 million, said Purdy.

PMRF is the No. 1 high-tech employer on Kauai and third overall employer behind state/county government and tourism industries. It employs approximately 1,000 people, 90 active-duty sailors, 140 Department of Defense/Morale Welfare and Recreation civilians, and 750 contractors.

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