Optical Satcom to provide satellite capacity management for Mexsat

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Optimal Satcom has been awarded a subcontract by Integral Systems to provide a satellite capacity management system for the Mexican government's new Mexsat next-generation satellite system, Optical Satcom said in a statement.

Under the terms of the agreement, the value of which was not disclosed, Optimal Satcom will provide Mexsat with its Enterprise Capacity Manager (ECM) software system integrated with the company's capacity management tool, Complan.

Optimal Satcom's software suite will allow Mexsat to consolidate all aspects of its capacity management in one system, including presales, contracts, engineering, operations, accounting and management oversight.

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Last year, Mexican transport and communications ministry SCT awarded Boeing Defense (NYSE: BA) a contract to build three satellites worth 12.9bn pesos (US$1.04bn), which will be used for national security purposes.

The turnkey project comprises two geostationary satellites for mobile services, called Mexsat 1 and Mexsat 2, and a third satellite, Mexsat 3, operating in the C and Ku bands that will provide fixed services over a geosynchronous platform.

The infrastructure would be used for national security and natural disaster response, as well as to provide telecommunications and broadband coverage in isolated areas and to boost services such as e-heath, e-government and e-education.

Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) is providing Boeing with the complete fixed satellite services segment of the Mexsat system.

Integral Systems was tapped by Orbital to provide primary and backup satellite control centers, as well as executable satellite procedures and displays to support Mexsat.