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February 1st, 2010

CapRock Government Solutions — CommandAccess Helps Haitians Via U.S. Navy

CapRock Government Solutions has been awarded a contract with the United States Navy’s Naval Beach Group (NBG) to provide emergency satellite communications services as part of U.S. military relief efforts in Haiti. The award comes just days after the January 12 earthquake that crippled the country.

Services will run on CapRock’s recently unveiled commercial off-the-shelf communications suite, CommandAccess™, at a significantly reduced rate to the U.S. government. CapRock has partnered with fixed satellite services operator Telesat to provide the dedicated Ku-band CommandAccess network that will support the Navy’s relief and aid projects in Haiti. CapRock’s new subscription service will provide critical communications to the NBG, which supplies Navy personnel and equipment for amphibious operations including evacuations, the delivery of food and medical supplies after natural disasters, and other missions that involve moving bulk goods and resources from ships off-shore to land. CapRock is providing all iDirect hub resources and Ku-band teleport services, while Telesat is providing space segment to support the NBG’s voice, data and video applications.

Announced in December 2009 and available in multiple frequency bands including C-, Ku-, and X-band, CapRock’s CommandAccess subscription service is designed for military and civilian agencies deployed in remote areas of operation. The suite of pre-packaged and customized satellite communications services connects very small aperture terminals (VSATs) to the Internet, public switched telephone network (PSTN), and secure government networks. The service is available in several packages and data rates, each for a flat monthly fee on a per terminal basis. CommandAccess service is available to clients in regions around the world as a result of CapRock’s strategic partnerships with multiple satellite fleet operators.