The US Navy is upgrading its 5G cellular network and asset tracking in the Indo-Pacific under a new $10 million contract with American military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton.
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The company will lead the contract to design, implement, test, and operate a private 5G cellular network and asset tracking solution in Guam under the two-year agreement, according to a public statement on 11 January.
The private 5G network will support mobile and fixed wireless access, with architecture capable of extending to future use cases. The network will service Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Detachment Naval Base Guam.
“This project win further solidifies our position as a key 5G innovator and integrator,” according to Chris Christou, Booz Allen senior vice-president and 5G, cloud, and edge portfolio leader.
“Booz Allen’s experience delivering 5G solutions to the Navy uniquely positions the firm to bring new, innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing the Indo-Pacific region.
“Geographically dispersed landscapes like the Indo-Pacific require next-generation network solutions capable of achieving all domain command and control.
“We are confident in our solutions’ ability to overcome the obstacles that distributed, edge-like environments like Guam present.”
The US Navy and US Department of Defense expects the new upgrades to maximise mission success in the region by providing technology to improve communication, logistics, maintenance and secure operations. It’s also expected that the 5G network will further enable the United States, its partners, and allies to compete responsibly and defend interests in the region.
The technical approach for the project is expected to integrate lessons learned from ongoing Department of Defense 5G projects to ensure maximum efficiency and apply zero trust design principles to secure NBG’s 5G infrastructure. Booz Allen will leverage robust RFID asset tagging on equipment and inventory to better enhance and modernise US Navy logistics capabilities.
“Booz Allen is excited to be chosen as a strategic partner and solution provider to help design, implement, test, and operate a private 5G network at the Naval Base Guam,” according to Jandria Alexander, Booz Allen vice-president and cyber security and cross-market technology innovation business leader.
“The deployment of secure 5G capabilities in Guam is critical to national security and aligns with the Navy’s 5G strategy.
“Through the successful implementation of this effort, Guam Naval Base will be establishing a strong foundation that accelerates transformation efforts in telecommunications, asset tracking, and future initiatives and use cases.”