22 Dec 2017

CenturyLink to support NORAD to track Santa Claus

CenturyLink has secured a contract to provide communications services to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

The deal will see the company provide support for the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) Tracks Santa program, including enabling the program’s phone hotline.

The contract, which also includes Ethernet circuits and private line services, is valued at approximately $275,000 the first year, with four one-year options, for a total contract value of $1.5 million.

In addition to the contracted communications services, CenturyLink is also providing circuits and equipment as a team partner to the NORAD Tracks Santa program.

The NORAD Tracks Santa program aims to spread good will and cheer during the holiday season while informing the public of the mission of NORAD, which tracks everything that flies in and around North America in defense of the United States and Canada 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Millions of people around the world track Santa with NORAD via the website, social media, mobile apps and calls to the operations center.

David Young, CenturyLink regional vice president, strategic government said: “CenturyLink is honored to provide Peterson AFB with communications services that help NORAD track all flying objects that enter North American air space every day, including tracking Santa Claus on Christmas Eve.”

The website, www.noradsanta.org, and mobile apps offer family-friendly games, videos and information about Santa and NORAD.

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