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Vizada Delivers Mobile Satellite Services to US Government

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March 31, 2011

Vizada Delivers Mobile Satellite Services to US Government

By Anuradha Shukla, TMCnet Contributor

Independent satellite communications provider Vizada (News - Alert) has landed a General Services Administration (GSA (News - Alert)) Schedule 70 Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) contract.

This agreement provides U.S. government and military customers access to Vizada’s entire portfolio of mobile satellite services (MSS).

"With Schedule 70, we're packaging our services precisely in the way the government buys them," said Bo Norton, vice president of sales for Vizada Americas. "This streamlines the procurement process so they can more quickly and cost-effectively satisfy their MSS needs. Our government customers know they can rely on Vizada to put together the right mix of service offerings to meet their critical mission goals and keep people and troops safe."

Vizada is a global independent provider of global satellite communications serving commercial, military and business aircraft, merchant shipping vessels, emergency response teams, government and military units, news gathering organizations, and Fortune 500 companies.

The company claims it is the only commercial satellite communications provider that offers the full line of Inmarsat (News - Alert), Iridium and Thuraya products and services.

In 2010, Vizada collaborated with its long-term service provider partner Nautical to provide the Inmarsat FleetBroadband service to more than 300 Spanish fishing vessels.

This deal enabled these vessels to comply with new European Union (EU) regulations.

“The FleetBroadband service is the perfect system to meet the EUs new fishing quota requirements, however in the long term we aim to show fishing companies that having a broadband communications system on board can significantly improve their business,” said Carlos Suarez del Villar, Satcom director at Nautical. “The high-speed, always on connectivity enables them to check weather reports and charts, and even help create an online market place where they can sell their catch before theyre arrived back at shore. And if they decide to use Vizada Solutions like on board like Terralink Data Manager, the captain can keep tight control of costs at all times.”

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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