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EchoStar Awarded Potential $2.7B DOD Contract for 5G Services

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EchoStar Awarded Potential $2.7B DOD Contract for 5G Services

The Department of Defense has awarded EchoStar an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with a ceiling value of $2.3 billion to provide 5G wireless services and devices to the DOD and other federal agencies.

The contract, awarded through the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command’s Spiral 4 purchasing program, will be fulfilled by EchoStar subsidiaries Hughes Network Systems and Boost Mobile, EchoStar said.

The work under the contract encompasses the delivery of smartphones, tablets, internet of things equipment and other 5G-enabled devices, along with corresponding service plans, customer support and an online portal.

John Swieringa, EchoStar’s president and chief operating officer, expressed the company’s commitment to providing a comprehensive and advanced 5G package that includes devices from various manufacturers and a dedicated open radio access network.

The Spiral 4 program runs for 10 years, with a base year starting in May 2024 and the option for nine one-year extensions.

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