Satnews Daily
December 31st, -0001

Hughes... A SINful Day (SATCOM)

[SatNews] Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to provide commercial satellite communications under new Schedule Item Numbers (SINs) created by the GSA and Defense Intelligence Systems Agency’s (DISA) Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) program.

The award — only the third since the inception of the new program offering was created — modifies Hughes’ existing GSA Schedule 70 contract to include SINs for subscription services and transponded capacity. Under the terms of the contract (GS-35F-0907P), Hughes may provide the following network services:
  • Subscription services (SIN 132-55) to federal, state, and local government agencies within the continental United States (CONUS), which provide satellite-based Internet, voice, data, and video services; emergency response/disaster recovery voice and data networks; connectivity to the Internet via satellite services are delivered through portable satellite IP modems; and other pre-existing, pre-engineered fixed/mobile/hybrid satellite services.
  • Hughes also will provide network management, monitoring, engineering, integration and operations necessary to deliver key services.
  • Transponded capacity (SIN 132-54) to government agencies to include owning/operating or reselling dedicated bandwidth and power on a communications satellite in COMSATCOM frequency bands such as C-, Ku, and Ka; basic customer training, and core management and control of the transponded capacity.
The FCSA program is a comprehensive set of acquisition activities to replace expiring DISA contracts — DSTS-G and Inmarsat, as well as GSA’s SATCOM-II contract.

Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes, said, “Satellite broadband services support critical mission requirements ranging from military and homeland security communications-on-the-move activities, to civilian and state/local government requirements for emergency preparedness, telework, back-up communications networks to support Land Mobile Radio (LMR), and remote Internet access. We are excited to begin providing Hughes subscription services throughout the U.S. using our award-winning SPACEWAY 3 satellite and advanced HX System, and transponded capacity worldwide.”