Tag: Contracts

Huawei ousted from heart of EU as Nokia wins Belgian 5G contracts

By Supantha Mukherjee and Mathieu Rosemain

STOCKHOLM/PARIS (Reuters) – Orange and Proximus have picked Nokia to help build 5G networks in Belgium as they drop Huawei amid U.S. pressure to exclude the Chinese firm from supplying key telecoms equipment.

The moves are among the first by commercial operators in Europe to drop Huawei from next-generation networks and come after months of diplomatic pressure from Washington, which alleges Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for spying.

The Belgian capital Brussels is home to the European Union’s executive body and parliament, making it a matter of particular concern for U.S. intelligence agencies.

“Belgium has been 100% reliant on Chinese vendors for its radio networks – and people working at NATO and the EU were making mobile phone calls on these networks,” said John Strand, an independent Danish telecoms consultant.

“The operators are sending a signal that it’s important to have access

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SpaceX, L3Harris win missile-warning satellite contracts from US military

The U.S. military has picked SpaceX and L3Harris Technologies to build up a new missile-warning satellite system in space.

In separate contracts, SpaceX and L3Harris will each provide four infrared satellites devoted to missile tracking as part of the larger National Defense Space Architecture program. The contract, awarded by the Department of Defense’s Space Development Agency (SDA), gives $193.5 million to L3Harris and $149 million to SpaceX. The satellites should be ready by the end of fiscal year 2022. 

“The satellites will be able to provide missile tracking data for hypersonic glide vehicles, and the next generation of advanced missile threats,” Derek Tournear, SDA director, said in a statement.

Related: What is a ballistic missile and how does it work?

SpaceX, originally a launch provider using its Falcon rockets, has entered the satellite construction market with its Starlink constellation of internet satellites. The company has launched more

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HHS Awards ICF $125 Million in IT Modernization and Technical Assistance Contracts

FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — ICF (NASDAQ: ICFI), a global consulting and digital services provider, was recently awarded two re-compete contracts valued up to $125 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Children’s Bureau (CB) to operate and modernize its child welfare clearinghouse and provide technical assistance to states and tribes in modernizing their child welfare IT systems. The scope of work was expanded from the previous contracts to include $35 million in IT modernization work. Each contract has a term of five years, including a one-year base and four one-year option periods.

Under the first agreement, which is valued at $94 million, ICF will continue to manage the Child Welfare Information Gateway, an important resource for getting essential research, best practices, CB guidance and data into the hands of child welfare and related professionals to aid in their efforts to

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NIC Secures New Contracts in Florida and Iowa for Payment Processing and Digital Government Solutions

Digital government solutions firm NIC Inc. has won new multi-year contracts with the states of Florida and Iowa following competitive bid processes.

“We are excited by the confidence Florida and Iowa have placed in NIC solutions as we continue to expand our payment processing and digital government services across the country,” said Harry Herington, NIC CEO and Chairman of the Board. “These wins further reinforce the momentum NIC has experienced in 2020.”

In Florida, NIC has been awarded a contract to provide transaction-funded payment processing services for all state agencies. The five-year transaction-funded contract, which may be extended by up to five additional years, also provides the ability for cities and municipalities to work with NIC for payment processing services, promoting a comprehensive and seamless financial transaction experience for Florida citizens and businesses.

For its fiscal year ended June 2018, the state of Florida processed 74 million transactions for a

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L3Harris, SpaceX win Space Development Agency contracts to build missile-warning satellites

SDA Director Derek Tournear said SpaceX “came in with an extremely credible proposal” that leverages the Starlink assembly line

WASHINGTON — The Space Development Agency awarded  $193.5 million to L3Harris and $149 million to SpaceX to build four satellites each to detect and track ballistic and hypersonic missiles.

The contracts announced Oct. 5 are for the first eight satellites for a potentially much larger constellation of sensor satellites the Space Development Agency is calling Tracking Layer Tranche 0. 

The awards mark the first time the U.S. military has announced an order of satellites from SpaceX, which opened a factory in Seattle several years ago to produce thousands of small satellites for its Starlink broadband megaconstellation. 

Both SpaceX and L3Harris are required to deliver their satellites by September 2022, Space Development Agency Director Derek Tournear told SpaceNews.

Each satellite will have a “wide field of view” overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) sensor

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SpaceX, L3 Harris Bag Pentagon Contracts To Build Missile-Detector Satellites

The United States Department of Defense’s Space Development Agency (SDA), on Monday, awarded two contracts to build the first generation Tracking Layer for its National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program.

What Happened: Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., better known as SpaceX, was granted a fixed price contract for $149 million, whereas L3 Harris Technologies Inc received a $193 million contract.

The contract is part of a broader national security project which would use satellites to detect long-distance Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs).

According to Reuters, both SpaceX and L3 Harris will build four satellites each that will house a missile tracking sensor with a wide-angle infrared capability. Reportedly, SpaceX will manufacture the satellites at its Starlink assembly plant in Redmond, Washington.

Both companies are expected to deliver the satellites by fall 2022.

Why Does It Matter: Founded in 2002 by Musk, who also runs Tesla Inc. (NASDAQ:

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Palantir Expected To Be Valued At Nearly $22 Billion As Firm Faces Protests Over ICE Contracts

Palantir Technologies Inc. is expected to be valued at nearly $22 billion in its Wall Street debut as the data-mining firm faces fresh backlash over its role in helping facilitate deportations in the U.S.

Citing sources, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that bankers for Palantir, which was co-founded by Trump ally Peter Thiel, have told investors that shares could start trading at around $10 each as the firm makes the transition to a public company.

The high estimate comes just days ahead of Palantir’s expected September 30 market debut, with the tech company forgoing the traditional IPO route and opting to go public through a direct listing instead.

Already, news that Palantir is set to go public has prompted backlash, with activist group Mijente

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2 Dallas-Fort Worth tech companies win military contracts worth up to $90 million

North Texas companies Elbit Systems of America and Peak Nanosystems were awarded military contracts this week worth a combined $90 million to provide technology for weapons and armor.

Fort Worth-based Elbit was awarded a contract totaling up to $79 million to supply the U.S. Army with parts for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, an armored infantry support vehicle. The Red River Armor Depot, roughly 200 miles northeast of Dallas in Texarkana, provides maintenance for the Bradley system.

Elbit’s five-year contract is to provide parts for the vehicle’s gunner turrets and accompanying circuitry. The Army’s initial $26 million purchase is followed by a second $12 million order to be completed over a three-year period.

“Our team is proud to offer critical ground vehicle modernization solutions for the U.S. Army to ensure accuracy and lethality for soldiers,” Elbit Systems of America president and CEO Raanan Horowitz said in a statement. “Receiving this task

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FingerMotion’s JiuGe Information Technology Subsidiary Awarded Two Additional Portal Contracts from China Mobile Limited

Company” or “FingerMotion“), a mobile services and data company, is pleased to announce recent and continued expansion of its Portal Sales & Marketing Management business through its contractually controlled company, Shanghai JiuGe Information Technology Co., Ltd. (“JiuGe“), in cooperation with China Mobile Limited, the leading mobile telecommunications carrier in China.” data-reactid=”19″New York, New York–(Newsfile Corp. – August 20, 2020) – FingerMotion, Inc. (OTCQB: FNGR) (the “Company” or “FingerMotion“), a mobile services and data company, is pleased to announce recent and continued expansion of its Portal Sales & Marketing Management business through its contractually controlled company, Shanghai JiuGe Information Technology Co., Ltd. (“JiuGe“), in cooperation with China Mobile Limited, the leading mobile telecommunications carrier in China.

Specifically, JiuGe has been awarded Portal Sales Cooperation Agreements covering two additional China Mobile online portals which service the Chifeng and Henan Provinces

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