WASHINGTON — Intelsat General Corp. will provide Ku-band bandwidth for use by the U.S. Marine Corps as a subcontractor to one of its potential competitors under a broader satellite capacity purchasing program, the company said in a Nov. 18 press release.

The one-year contract, financial terms of which were not immediately disclosed, began Aug. 1 and includes four one-year options. 

Intelsat General, the government services arm of satellite operator Intelsat, will provide the bandwidth under subcontract to Annapolis, Md.-based TeleCommunications System Inc., one of eight companies that provide end-to-end managed network services under the Future Comsatcom Services Acquisition (FCSA) program, which is administered jointly by the General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency.  Bethesda, Md.-based Intelsat General also holds one of the eight FCSA prime contracts.

The indefinite-quantity, indefinite-delivery contracts, with a total potential value of up to $2.6 billion over five years, were awarded under the full and open competition portion of the Custom Satcom Solutions, or CS2, component of the FCSA program.

“Through our partnership with TCS, we will be able to provide satellite services that are vital communications links supporting Marine Corps operations and deployed forces overseas and in the United States,” Kay Sears, president of Intelsat General, said in the release. “We will also provide a better means of monitoring and managing the satellite resources being used on the network.”

Intelsat will also provide an encrypted, bandwidth-management reporting tool  to monitor and manage satellite circuits on the network and to more efficiently use satellite bandwidth as part of the deal.


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