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COMSATCOM on IT Schedule 70

To discover available SATCOM services and which vendors provide them, view the IT Schedule 70 satellite vendors and offerings (Excel, 23 KB, 07/21/2014).

Find the following information about Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) on this page:

Transponded capacity

The transponded capacity special item number (SIN) offers dedicated bandwidth on a commercial satellite in any commercially available COMSATCOM frequency band, including:

  • L- 1 - 2 GHz
  • S- 2 - 4 GHz
  • C- 4 - 8 GHz
  • X- 8 - 12 GHz
  • Ku-, extended Ku- 12 - 18 GHz
  • Ka- 27 - 40 GHz
  • UHF 300 - 1000 MHz

COMSATCOM transponded capacity refers to satellite bandwidth and power only. These features are also offered on a limited basis (not separately priced):

  • Engineering (e.g., development of link budgets, transmission plans) and training to use the bandwidth
  • Management of the transponder
  • Necessary approvals required to use the transponded capacity, such as frequency clearances and landing rights

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Subscription services

The subscription services special item number (SIN) offers pre-existing, pre-engineered fixed satellite service and mobile satellite service solutions:

  • Shared satellite resources in any commercially available frequency ban
  • Guaranteed capacity and quality of service
  • On-demand or occasional use solutions
  • Ancillary terrestrial components such as terrestrial backhaul circuits
  • Vendor-specified equipment as part of the service

Buying equipment. In general, you cannot buy remote terminals under these two IT Schedule 70 special item numbers, unless the equipment is included as part of the subscription services price. However, you can buy equipment under SINs 132-8 (new equipment). This includes equipment required to ensure compatibility and connectivity with a contractor's network. Customers can obtain a total solution that includes SIN 132-54 or SIN 132-55. Other SINs included are IT Professional Services for engineers and technicians, as well as software licenses.

FAR 8.405 contains Ordering Procedures for IT Schedule 70. See also GSA website links at: www.gsa.gov/schedules and www.gsa.gov/eligibilitytouse

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For industry partners

To sell transponded capacity or satellite subscription services through IT Schedule 70, you must submit your offer or modification through the eOffer/eMod system.

Submit an offer

IT Schedule 70 is continually open to new offers from industry partners. Download the  IT Schedule 70 FedBizOpps announcement for instructions on how to respond to the solicitation.

All offers must submit an Information Assurance Minimum Security Control Checklist (Word, 405 KB).

Submit a modification

Read the SATCOM modification checklist for the addition of Special Item Numbers (SINs) 132-54 and 132-55 (PDF, 69.5 KB).

Security clearances and information assurance

Some of the task orders that will be competed under the IT Schedule 70 contracts will require facilities and personnel security clearances. To get the necessary clearances, you must complete the Department of Defense Security Classification Specification (DD Form 254) (Word, 102 KB). 

The templates are provided below for your convenience. At a minimum, you must fill in blocks 6 and 8, sections A & B. Its important to understand that processing facility clearances can be time consuming, and can vary from taking a couple of months to over a year to receive your initial Facility Clearance (FCL). This does not include the time for processing personnel clearances, or obtaining, safeguarding and COMSEC approval.

The templates for this process are below:

Note: This process is only required if you want to compete for classified task orders. You can request in your proposal transmittal letter that the DD254 process be initiated, or you can request this anytime after your schedule has been awarded.

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