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Stratos Mobile Networks (USA) LLC.

Stratos Mobile Networks (USA) LLC, Bethesda, Md., is being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for commercial INMARSAT-B high speed data leased service to provide up to 200 leased channels per month, for a data rate of up to128 kilobits per second per channel. The service shall be full duplex, global (plus or minus 70 degrees latitude), for ship-to-shore and shall be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Both 64 kilobits per second and 128 kilobits per second service will be provided. In addition, non-channelized service is proposed as an un priced pre-planned product improvement option. Service must be fully integrated with INMARSAT NeraSaturn-Bm terminals. Other items that are available for order include terrestrial connectivity between the service-provider's land earth stations (LESs) and Navy points of presence (POPs)located in Wahiawa, Hawaii; Norfolk, Va.; Naples, Italy; and Bahrain; and service from secondary LESs with terrestrial connectivity to the foregoing Navy POPs. The initial delivery order is valued at $1,757,180. This contract includes a maximum quantity of 60 months of service, and the estimated value over the five-year period is $137,774,610. Although other items are included in the contract that would bring the not-to-exceed value of the contract to $537,117,395, it is expected that services supplying redundancy and alternative communications circuits and terrestrial connectivity would be ordered only under extreme conditions that affect the primary communications facilities and routing. Work will be performed in Bethesda, Md; Laurentides, Canada; Goonhilly, United Kingdom; and Auckland, New Zealand. Percentages of work by location will vary as U.S. naval forces are deployed worldwide. Work is expected to be complete by December 2006. Contract funds in the amount of$1,757,180 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured with 24 prospective offerors subscribed to the solicitation via the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command e-commerce web site, and two offers were received. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity (N00039-02-D-2301).
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Publication:EDP Weekly's IT Monitor
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 14, 2002
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