Globalstar Files Petition for FCC Rulemaking
Requests Greater Flexibility to Use Its MSS Spectrum Terrestrially With Major
Positive Implications for Mobile Broadband Services, Including Wi-Fi
COVINGTON, La., Nov. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globalstar, Inc.
(Nasdaq:GSAT), today announced that it has petitioned the Federal
Communications Commission (FCC or Commission) to obtain the regulatory
flexibility necessary to use its licensed MSS spectrum terrestrially to
support mobile broadband applications throughout the United States.
The highlights of the filing include:
*Globalstar proposes two separate but complementary terrestrial service
offerings over its exclusively licensed Big LEO spectrum – a long term
LTE-based service over the entirety of its spectrum and a near term
terrestrial low power service (TLPS) offering over its 2.4 GHz spectrum
*Near term, Globalstar seeks rule changes to allow the provision of TLPS
within its spectrum at 2483.5-2495 MHz (AWS-5) and adjacent unlicensed
Industrial, Scientific, and Medical Equipment (ISM) spectrum at
*This innovative use of the combined 22 MHz of spectrum for TLPS would help
alleviate the increasing congestion that is impeding existing 802.11 ISM
channels (Wi-Fi) in many areas. In effect, TLPS would increase the
available Wi-Fi capacity in the United States by 33%;
*As part of offering TLPS, the Company commits to deploy 20,000 free TLPS
access points in the nation's public and non-profit schools, community
colleges and hospitals. Further, Globalstar agrees to provide its mobile
satellite services free of charge to its customers in any federally
declared disaster area following a natural or man-made disaster;
*Long term, Globalstar seeks authority to construct and operate a Long Term
Evolution (LTE) system within its Big LEO spectrum, after an open and
transparent rulemaking proceeding to resolve any technical issues.
Globalstar expects that the FCC will move quickly to put its petition out for
public notice, receive comments and then initiate the requested rulemaking.
This procedure is similar to the process the FCC employed to address DISH
Network's request for terrestrial relief earlier this year.
"We look forward to working with the Commission as our petition progresses,"
said L. Barbee Ponder IV, General Counsel & Vice President-Regulatory Affairs
for Globalstar. "This petition would place an additional 22 MHz into the
national broadband inventory near term while leveraging existing handset
technology and infrastructure.
"As a Globalstar officer, I was incredibly gratified to learn that we were
able to support first responders and emergency personnel in the areas hardest
hit by Hurricane Sandy.First responders and emergency personnel can rely upon
our duplex service to receive critical communications when all other means of
terrestrial communications failed regardless of the nature of the emergency.
For this reason, we have included in our FCC petition our commitment to
provide MSS free of charge to our customers in any federally declared disaster
area.Given recent public statements made by Chairman Genachowski and the
other Commissioners, we believe that the FCC will proceed expeditiously
through this process."
"As Globalstar completes the deployment of its second-generation constellation
and once again provides industry-leading voice and service quality, we are
ready to do more to meet the needs of an economy with high demands for
data-intensive applications" said Jay Monroe, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of Globalstar."Given that our spectrum is adjacent to existing Wi-Fi
frequencies, we are uniquely suited to help alleviate the current congestion
being experienced over Wi-Fi channels.In addition to meeting our core MSS
mission and driving value for the enterprise through subscriber growth and the
introduction of new products and applications, we can and should be permitted
to use our terrestrial spectrum more intensively to meet the ever-increasing
demands of consumers."
Globalstar's Petition for Rulemaking can be found at:
Globalstar will discuss its third-quarter 2012 earnings results and its FCC
Petition in further detail during its third-quarter earnings release
conference call being conducted Wednesday afternoon.Details of the call can
be found below:
Conference Call Dial-in Details
November 14, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. ET
Earnings Call: Dial: 888.895.5271 (US and Canada), 847.619.6547
(International) and confirmation number 33654888
A replay of the earnings call will be available for a limited
Audio Replay: time and can be heard after 7:30 p.m. ET on November 14, 2012.
Dial: 888.843.7419 (US and Canada), 630.652.3042
(International) and pass code 33654888#
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data
services.Globalstar offers these services to commercial and recreational
users in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company's products
include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite
data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime
industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote
areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include:
oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities,
military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and
business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data
solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring
and SCADA applications.
For more information regarding Globalstar, please visit Globalstar's web site
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