The Defense Information Systems Agency and Lumen Technologies (NYSE: LUMN) are collaborating to launch a cloud-based telephony infrastructure in an effort to provide Department of Defense employees with virtual phone access via a Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) business communication platform.
Lumen was awarded a $221 million contract to deploy and operate the DOD365 Integrated Phone System, which will be available through Microsoft Teams by the end of November, DISA said Wednesday.
Dialing into and out of meetings, making and receiving commercial calls as well as other audio-conferencing capabilities will be enabled by DIPS to modernize collaboration and communications among defense agencies and military services.
The DOD365-Joint tenant, which also includes the White House and combatant commands, will have access to the DIPS contract following compliance with DISA requirements.
“As we continue to evaluate what capabilities work and do not, we are taking strategic and decisive action to offer the department the best services and tools available to meet its mission,” said Christopher Barnhurst, deputy director of DISA.