Verizon reeled in a big fish this week, netting a $1.5 billion task order from the U.S. State Department to upgrade the network infrastructure at nearly 260 embassy locations across the globe. The deal, a significant catch alone, raises Verizon’s 2022 tally of publicly announced government contracts for wireline services to nearly $3 billion.

The deal was the latest awarded to the operator through the government’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) technology procurement program and carries a 10-year term. As part of the task order, Verizon will modernize and manage the communications and IT infrastructure at embassy and other key locations in the U.S., Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America.

Maggie Hallback, Verizon’s SVP of Public Sector, told Fierce the contract represents new business for the operator. She added the task order is also special because “while many of our other EIS contracts have global aspects to them, many of them are also very much committed to the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii. So, what makes this probably pretty unique is that it has such a broad global footprint.”

Earlier in the year, Verizon bagged a trio of contracts from the Department of Defense (DoD) worth $966.5 million and a more than $400 million task order from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Including the deal announcement this week, Verizon has won contracts totaling more than $2.8 billion thus far in 2022…

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