US Ex-Im Bank has approved a US$1.9mn comprehensive medium-term guarantee to support the sale of satellite communications equipment by a small business exporter, Bedford International Services of Aberdeen, Md, to Megasat SA of Bamako, Mali.

The US supplier, Warsun International of Tysons Corner, Va, is wholly owned by Discovery Telecommunications LLC of Hartford, Conn. Both companies are small businesses. The new equipment will allow Megasat to sell its services to internet service providers and switch its client traffic from a European “backbone” (a segment of a communications network where many lines come together) to a less expensive US backbone. The guaranteed lender is Riggs Bank NA of Washington, DC.