SES addresses US Government SATCOM needs in a cost-efficient way, brings US Government civilian content to homes across the globe
LUXEMBOURG, 14 November 2016 — SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announced today that SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, was awarded a managed services contract to support the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The service will support the Broadcasting Board of Governors in broadcasting US Government civilian content across the world via SES satellites. The single Firm-Fixed-Price Task Order will service some of the existing BBG’s satellite capacity requirements. SES GS will provide high quality satellite solutions and possesses the agility to reach BBG’s distribution hubs, news bureaus, and international audiences via satellite and terrestrial connectivity.
The contract for these SES GS managed services includes a one-year base period, with four one-year option periods for a total value of approximately USD 15 million over the period of performance. Under this new agreement, the BBG has employed a new model for purchasing COMSAT as a managed service, which effectively obviates having several disparate contracts for each part of their broadcasting infrastructure. The agreement was executed using the US Government’s Custom COMSAT Solutions (CS2) contract vehicle, allowing federal agencies to build large, complex, custom end-to-end satellite solutions.
“This type of innovative buying practice serves as an example of how agencies can benefit from cost savings while addressing their SATCOM needs,” said Pete Hoene, President and CEO of SES GS. “We are proud to support the BBG using SES’s cost-effective, reliable, scalable and secure global network, which is optimized for high definition audio and video broadcast programming.”
The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent agency of the federal government that oversees all US civilian international media. Its mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.