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December 08, 2009

State of New York Selects Hughes for Telecom Services

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

The State of New York has selected Hughes (News - Alert) Network Systems to provide a suite of managed services and connectivity under the Comprehensive Telecommunications Services contract, Group 77017, Award 20268. 

This Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity, or “IDIQ,” contract is for a term of seven years, and enables authorized users, such as statewide agencies, local governments, and eligible non-profit, educational, and charitable organizations, to purchase telecommunications services provided by Hughes.     

"Hughes is proud to provide our wide range of HughesNet satellite broadband services and managed network solutions to the authorized users in New York State,” Tony Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes, said. 

Bardo said that this IDIQ contract opens the door for them to readily acquire critical applications and services such as continuity of operations, homeland security, distance learning, telework, telemedicine, and more. 

The company officials said that under the Comprehensive Telecommunications Services IDIQ, Hughes is able to provide connectivity services, including digital subscriber line, or “xDSL,” cable-based broadband and fixed wireless;  managed services, including access continuity and Internet access; Satellite services and solutions, including Very Small Aperture Terminals, or “VSAT,” space segment and mobile satellite services and equipment, installation, operations, and maintenance support.

Hughes Network Systems (News - Alert), LLC is a major player in providing broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. 

Recently TMCnet reported that Hughes has expanded the provision of high-speed satellite Internet access for U.S. troops deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The company’s broadband Internet service, which is available at U.S. military bases, is being delivered via the company's new operations hub in Dubai, enabling troops to stay in touch with family and friends at home, including sending photos and videos, connecting over social networking sites and making VoIP telephone calls.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire