Advanced Television

SES wins ‘Voice of America’ distribution contract

November 15, 2016

By Chris Forrester

SES Government Services (SES GS) has won a contract to deliver programming from the USA’s Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) around the world.

The BBG’s content includes the Voice of America station as well as Radio Free Liberty and the other international US civilian services which help “inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy”.

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 $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.

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