Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Hughes Awarded SATCOM-II Contract

Hughes Network Systems has been awarded a contract under the recently announced General Services Administration's (GSA) Satellite Services-II (SATCOM-II) program to provide commercially available, advanced broadband satellite network solutions to U.S. government agencies. The entire SATCOM-II program is estimated to be worth $750 million over five years.

Under SATCOM-II all U.S. federal civilian and Department of Defense (DoD) agencies are able to procure an expanded range of broadband satellite solutions, including the following offerings provided by Hughes and its team members:

  • Broadband primary, high availability and back-up networks (VSATs)

  • Satellite capacity

  • Point-to-point and mesh connections (SCPC)

  • Transportable services

  • Mobile satellite voice and data services

  • Broadcast satellite services

  • Managed network services

  • Applications solutions (e.g., distance learning, streaming video, telemedicine, and Continuity of Operations (COOP))

The Hughes SATCOM-II team includes AEP Networks, C-COM, CACI, Eutelsat America, GlobalSat LLC, Helius, IMC, Intelsat, Mobile Satellite Ventures, MotoSAT, SES Americom, Thuraya, XTAR LLC, and others.

"The SATCOM-II contract will fundamentally change the way federal agencies use satellite technologies," said Tony Bardo, assistant vice president of government services at Hughes.