AT&T has won a contract to modernize the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration’s networks, which is valued at $311 million over 10 years.
NOAA, AT&T said, wants to “modernize and transform its networking technologies and lay the foundation for 5G and multi-access edge computing capabilities.”
“A key reason the agency needs the capabilities is the alarming rate at which weather events are impacting the U.S.,” AT&T said in its release. “The first 9 months of 2020 brought a record-tying 16 different billion-dollar disasters. NOAA is America’s environmental intelligence agency, responsible for daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring as well as fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce. Its products and services support economic vitality and affect more than 1/3 of America’s Gross Domestic Product.”