Segovia and Stratos win MSC satcom contract

Inmarsat subsidiaries Stratos Government Services Inc. (SGSI) and Segovia, Inc. have been awarded a contract worth a potential $315 million for Military Sealift Command's  Next Generation Wideband (NGW) commercial satellite communications (COMSATCOM) infrastructure and service.

The contract, with a $315 million ceiling price, replaces the MSC's Afloat Bandwidth Efficient Satellite Transport (BEST) COMSATCOM infrastructure. The eight-year period of performance includes a four-year base period plus four, one-year option periods. Performance will be at strategic locations worldwide.

To meet the requirements of the MSC contract, SGSI and Segovia joined forces to develop a solution that supports a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS)-based NGW system.

SGSI and Segovia services create an end-to-end IP communications pathway linking globally deployed MSC ships and assets. The pathway includes space-segment services, satellite infrastructure, shipboard terminal hardware, supporting software, and a terrestrial-backhaul infrastructure for redundant global connectivity. The SGSI/Segovia solution also includes worldwide installation and sustainment services for the MSC fleet.

"This award demonstrates the ability of SGSI and Segovia to effectively combine their considerable strengths to meet the complex communications requirements of one of the U.S. Government's most important organizations," said SGSI President & CEO Bob Roe. "This network will improve the capabilities of MSC to support our troops by delivering supplies and conducting specialized missions across the world's oceans."

Segovia President & CEO Michael Wheeler added, "By leveraging the capabilities of both SGSI and Segovia, this solution ensures MSC will utilize the most advanced maritime-communications technology, supported by a global network of experts to manage deployment and provide ongoing support."

November 4, 2011