The GAO said it had denied a protest by satellite broadband services and equipment provider Hughes over a contract award to Artel for satellite communications support to the SSA.
EchoStar’s Hughes division will lease 16 Ka-band beams to offer a Brazilian consumer broadband service starting in 2016.
Hughes will supply a VSAT system including up to 3,000 satellite broadband terminals to Joint-Stock Company Iskra Research & Development.
Globalstar said its ground-hardware provider, Hughes Network Systems, has agreed to purchase $4.3 million in Globalstar stock at a 7 percent discount to its recent trading value in lieu of cash payment for Hughes’ past services to Globalstar.
Hughes will provide an existing network of 63 very small aperture terminals, satellite bandwidth capable of delivery rates of 1.5 megabits per second, a dedicated IP gateway and support services.