GSA adds satellite offerings

GSA adds satellite offerings

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service this month expanded its satellite services, adding seven contracts.

FTS is in its fourth round of contracts for commercial satellite services and equipment. The contracts grew out of agency requests for broadband distance-learning tools, access to new vendors in a rapidly developing market and longer contract periods. The new contracts have a base period of one year with five one-year options.

The contractors are Colsa Corp. of Huntsville, Ala., for data transmission services via the EchoStar satellite; ComSat Corp. of Bethesda, Md., for mobile communications via the Inmarsat satellite; Electronic Data Systems Corp. for distance learning; and Hughes Global Services of El Segundo, Calif., for fixed, broadcast and mobile services.

John Tidrow and Associates of Fayetteville, N.C., will sell Iridium and Inmarsat mobile satellite equipment and services; Marshall Associates Inc. of Sterling, Va., will provide broadband distance learning; and Motorola Worldwide Information Network Services of Chandler, Ariz., a unit of Motorola Inc., will supply Iridium service.

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