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G2 Satellite Solutions, MCI Ink Two-Year Deal

By | December 13, 2004

      G2 Satellite Solutions, an independent wholly owned subsidiary of Panamsat Corp., said that MCI has renewed a multi-million dollar, two-year deal for satellite services. Under the terms of the deal, G2 will provide two Ku-band transponders on Galaxy 11, with redundancy provisions on SBS-6.

      G2 said MCI is using the satellite solutions on the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Tele-communications Satellite (FAASAT) system, which provides the voice and data communications for air traffic flow. MCI is the prime contractor on the FAASAT system. In addition to the two transponders, the deal also covers 21 regional terminals, with each communicating to multiple remote sites. The specific financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

      In other G2 news, New Skies Satellites said G2 Satellite Solutions has selected New Skies’ NSS-7 satellite to launch a new, fully managed Internet Protocol (IP)-networking service in Africa and in the Middle East regions for government and military customers.

      According to New Skies, the service is designed to support ongoing humanitarian, diplomatic and military efforts throughout the region with rapidly deployable, easily scalable and highly secure IP-based enterprise networks. The service employs a 9.3-meter antenna accessing NSS-7 from G2’s government teleport in Silver Spring, Md., and broadband networking technology from iDirect Technologies.