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TeleCommunication Systems Named Awardee on $2.6 Billion Custom SATCOM Solutions IDIQ Contract


5 September , 2012

TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. has been selected as one of eight awardees of the Custom SATCOM Solutions (CS2) contract. This contract enables the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal civilian agencies to purchase TCS end-to-end, turnkey solutions which incorporate commercial satellite communication services through both the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). The multiple-awardee, Indefinite Delivery – Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract, with an estimated ceiling of $2.6 billion over five years, is part of the Future Commercial Satellite Communications Services Acquisition (FCSA) strategy established by the GSA and DISA to consolidate transponded capacity (satellite bandwidth), subscription services (including terminal and bandwidth combinations) and end-to-end solutions contracting vehicles into one program for procuring custom satellite communication solutions from a select group of qualified contractors.

Government and defense organizations are increasing their reliance on commercial satellite technology to provide essential, secure communications to the warfighter, command and control functions, and disaster recovery and response teams. According to Northern Sky Research, the global market for commercial government satellite equipment and services will grow from $4 billion in 2011 to $9.2 billion in 2019. The need for flexible, mobile wireless services drives agencies toward industry leaders like TCS and its partners for state-of-the-art solutions to reliably and securely transmit voice, video and data across the globe. TCS has a 25-year history of providing proven, reliable and cost-effective secure communication solutions for all tiers of government, and this award will broaden access by government agencies to that experience.

TCS Senior Vice President and General Manager of Government Solutions, Michael Bristol said, "This award significantly expands TCS access to business opportunities well-suited to TCS TotalCom solutions. For the next several years, CS2 will be the main contract vehicle for the DoD and federal civilian agencies to purchase commercial satcom solutions. This contract vehicle aligns perfectly with our business model. We are a value-added systems integrator that provides mission-critical Total Communication Solutions consisting of deployable satcom equipment, managed satcom network services and field support staff.