SOURCE: Vizada


August 30, 2012 13:17 ET

Vizada Awarded Custom SATCOM Solutions (CS2) Contract

Five-Year IDIQ Contract Delivers $2.6B Opportunity to Provide Land, Sea and Air SATCOM Services to All Federal Agencies

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - Aug 30, 2012) - Vizada Inc., a subsidiary of Astrium and a leading provider of satellite-based communications services, has been awarded a Custom SATCOM Solutions (CS2) contract by the General Services Administration as part of the U.S. Government's Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA). This contract vehicle allows Vizada to provide customized, end-to-end, satellite communication solutions to US Government agencies anywhere in the world. CS2 is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract managed by the General Services Administration with a funding ceiling for all contracts awarded on the CS2 procurement of $2.6B over the next five years. 

Vizada and its parent company, Astrium Services, have a long history of building reliable, scalable and secure satellite communications solutions for land, maritime and airborne applications. Our solutions integrate elements of fixed satellite services, mobile satellite services with service-enabling components such as user terminals, teleports, terrestrial connectivity; and value-added services to deliver end-to-end capabilities to the warfighter.

"This contract award recognizes Vizada as a valued provider of customized services and end-to-end solutions to the U.S. Government," said Bob Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Vizada Inc. "While we are well known for our success as a value-added distribution partner for leading MSS services, Vizada today has a comprehensive portfolio of both fixed and mobile connectivity services, applications and solutions to address the Government's needs. We are at an exciting point in our history and growth as we continue to adapt our operations to meet evolving Government COMSATCOM market demands."

Vizada's portfolio includes the provision of military X and UHF services via the Skynet satellite system, as well as commercial C, Ku and L-band services through multiple partner networks such as Eutelsat, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Iridium, Loral, SES and Thuraya. Our global infrastructure includes MAC 1 compliant teleports, terrestrial backhaul and secure NOC services in support of end-user applications.

The CS2 contract represents the third and final piece of the $5 billion Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition program, offering government buyers an additional vehicle for accessing Vizada products and services. Vizada also holds a GSA Schedule 70 contract through which US government and military customers can access Vizada's entire portfolio of transponded capacity and fixed and mobile subscription services under COMSATCOM SINs 132-54 and SIN 132-55 as well as SATCOM equipment under SIN 132-8.

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Vizada Inc. is a leading provider of global satellite-based communication services. The company, which has recently been acquired by Astrium (EADS Group), offers a full portfolio of fixed and mobile connectivity services from multiple satellite network operators and delivers them to end users through a network of 200 service provider partners. These services are packaged with Vizada Solutions™, designed to add business value to basic connectivity, and delivered through Vizada's global teleport network -- five state-of-the-art satellite facilities strategically positioned around the world. Vizada works with the industry's best network providers, including: Inmarsat, Iridium, Thuraya, Eutelsat, Intelsat, Loral, and SES WorldSkies and is the exclusive reseller of Astrium's Paradigm solutions in the North American market. Vizada's end-users benefit from satellite communications wherever they are in the world, including: government agencies and military commands, public safety and emergency response organizations, military and civil aviation operators and individual warfighters. 

Astrium is a world leading company for space technologies. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, dedicated to providing civil and defense space systems and services. Astrium Services, Government Communications division, is the world's first and only commercial operator of hardened and protected military satellite communications using X-band and UHF frequencies compliant to NATO STANAG interoperability standards. Through its wholly owned subsidiary Paradigm Secure Communications Ltd it owns and operates the fleet of Skynet X-band and UHF satellites and provides satellite communications to multiple militaries and government organizations worldwide.

Astrium's three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment, and Astrium Services for comprehensive end-to-end solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, high security satellite communications equipment, bespoke geo-information and navigation services worldwide.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2011, the Group comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter generated revenues of EUR 49.1 billion and employed a workforce of nearly 133,000.

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