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GSA Awards Satellite Services Contract to Hughes

GSA# 9560

February 5, 1999
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231
eleni.martin@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON - The U.S. General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service (FTS) today awarded a contract to Hughes Global Services, Inc., (HGS) for satellite communications products and services. This indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract can be used by all federal agencies and could be worth as much as $50 million during the first year, and another $50 million if GSA exercises the two six-month options.

"The award to HGS demonstrates how FTS is offering global technology solutions that will enable our customers to meet their missions today, tomorrow and into the new millennium," said FTS Commissioner Dennis Fischer.

The contract offers the government access to all types of commercial fixed, broadcast and mobile satellite services and associated equipment in all commercial satellite communications frequency bands. A unique feature is the availability of UHF capacity on the Leasat 5 spacecraft. It also includes the capability to add new commercial services as they enter the marketplace.

To facilitate responsiveness to government customers, HGS will provide a level of electronic commerce on its Internet website, http://www.hughesglobal.com, that describes products and services, generates order forms and provides government customers contact with an HGS employee to answer questions.

Along with satellite products and services from across the communications spectrum that HGS resells, HGS is including its DemandNet� and SkyMedia� products in the contract. DemandNet combines commercial very small aperture terminal (VSAT) technology with a global satellite constellation to provide affordable bandwidth services on-demand. SkyMedia provides cost-effective video delivery, digital data broadcast and high-data-rate Internet access for distance learning and data sharing. HGS is currently providing SkyMedia networks for the Social Security Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

GSA is an executive branch agency that provides policy leadership and expertly managed space, products, services and solutions at the best value to enable Federal employees to accomplish their mission. GSA's FTS delivers a full range of high quality telecommunications, information technology systems, hardware and software, consulting services, information security services and products, and integrated technology solutions for about over a million Federal employees in about 8,300 facilities nationwide.

HGS is a subsidiary of Hughes Space and Communications Company (HSC), the world's leading manufacturer of commercial geosynchronous communications satellites. It also is a major supplier of spacecraft and equipment to the U.S. government, such as military communications, and builder of weather satellites for the United States and Japan.

For additional information, contact Sabrina Crane at (703) 904-2810.