COMSATCOM on IT Schedule 70
To discover available SATCOM services and which vendors provide them, view the IT Schedule 70 satellite vendors and offerings (Excel, 8,503 KB, 10/01/2013).
Find the following information about Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) on this page:
The transponded capacity special item number (SIN) offers dedicated bandwidth on a commercial satellite in any commercially available COMSATCOM frequency band, including:
- L- 1 - 2 GHz
- S- 2 - 4 GHz
- C- 4 - 8 GHz
- X- 8 - 12 GHz
- Ku-, extended Ku- 12 - 18 GHz
- Ka- 27 - 40 GHz
- UHF 300 - 1000 MHz
COMSATCOM transponded capacity refers to satellite bandwidth and power only. These features are also offered on a limited basis (not separately priced):
- Engineering (e.g., development of link budgets, transmission plans) and training to use the bandwidth
- Management of the transponder
- Necessary approvals required to use the transponded capacity, such as frequency clearances and landing rights
The subscription services special item number (SIN) offers pre-existing, pre-engineered fixed satellite service and mobile satellite service solutions:
- Shared satellite resources in any commercially available frequency ban
- Guaranteed capacity and quality of service
- On-demand or occasional use solutions
- Ancillary terrestrial components such as terrestrial backhaul circuits
- Vendor-specified equipment as part of the service
Buying equipment. In general, you cannot buy remote terminals under these two IT Schedule 70 special item numbers, unless the equipment is included as part of the subscription services price. However, you can buy equipment under SINs 132-8 (new equipment) or 132-9 (used or refurbished equipment).
Maximum ordering threshold
There is a $500,000 maximum ordering threshold for the two satellite special item numbers (SINs).
Each Schedule contract has a maximum order threshold, which varies by special item number. The maximum order threshold represents the point where you must seek a price reduction.
|Amount ($)||How to order|
|Less than $3,000||You can go to any Schedule vendor who can fulfill the requirement|
|From $3,000 to the maximum order threshold||You must send the request for quotations (RFQ) to a minimum of three vendors|
|Over the maximum order threshold||You must send the RFQ to more than three vendors and seek additional discounts|
For Department of Defense orders over $100,000, you must receive at least three quotes or use eBuy to solicit all applicable Schedule holders who can fulfill the requirement.
For industry partners
To sell transponded capacity or satellite subscription Services through IT Schedule 70, you must submit your offer or modification through the eOffer/eMod system.
Submit an offer
IT Schedule 70 is continually open to new offers from industry partners. Download the IT Schedule 70 FedBizOpps announcement for instructions on how to respond to the solicitation.
All offers must submit an Information Assurance Minimum Security Control Checklist (Word, 405 KB).
Submit a modification
Read the SATCOM modification checklist for the addition of Special Item Numbers (SINs) 132-54 and 132-55 (PDF, 69.5 KB).
Security clearances and information assurance
Some of the task orders that will be competed under the IT Schedule 70 contracts will require facilities and personnel security clearances. To get the necessary clearances, you must complete the Department of Defense Security Classification Specification (DD Form 254) (Word, 102 KB).
The templates have been provided below for your convenience. At a minimum, you must fill in blocks 6 and 8 sections A & B. Its important to understand that processing facility clearances can be time consuming and can vary from taking a couple of months to over a year to receive your initial Facility Clearance (FCL). This does not include the time for processing personnel clearances or obtaining, safeguarding and COMSEC approval.
The templates for this process are below:
Note: This process is only required if you want to compete for classified task orders. You can request in your proposal transmittal letter that the DD254 process be initiated, or you can request this anytime after your schedule has been awarded.