Globalstar and Jarvinian Successfully Complete Initial Testing of Terrestrial
Low Power Service (TLPS) Using Ruckus Wireless Smart Wi-Fi Technology
Results Exceed All Expectations as Effective Distance and Capacity Surpass
Public Wi-Fi by a Multiple of 5x and 4x Respectively, With no Impact on Public
Wi-Fi Operations in Adjacent Channels
COVINGTON, La., June 10, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globalstar Inc., a leading
provider of mobile satellite voice and data services, announced the completion
of Jarvinian's testing of TLPS, an innovative wireless broadband technology
using new carrier-grade equipment manufactured by Ruckus Wireless, Inc.
(NYSE:RKUS), a global supplier of advanced wireless systems for the rapidly
expanding mobile Internet infrastructure market.
The Jarvinian tests demonstrate that deploying a managed 802.11-compliant
technology over Globalstar's licensed spectrum with adjacent unlicensed ISM
spectrum results in a carrier-grade service that vastly exceeds the
performance of public Wi-Fi. All tests were performed over a new 22 MHz
channel within the 2.4 GHz band using carrier-grade equipment manufactured by
Ruckus Wireless and existing smartphones that were enabled to operate over the
new channel via a remote firmware upgrade.These tests also demonstrated how
quickly and efficiently TLPS can be deployed to expand the nation's wireless
capacity to address the looming exhaustion of existing Wi-Fi spectrum.
All tests were conducted pursuant to experimental licenses issued by the
Federal Communications Commission. The Commission is considering Globalstar's
November 2012 petition to use its licensed MSS spectrum terrestrially to
support mobile broadband applications throughout the United States."We
appreciate the work of the Federal Communications Commission's Office of
Engineering and Technology in issuing the experimental licenses that we needed
to test and prove the tremendous potential that this service holds for a
mobile-driven public," said Jay Monroe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
"The combination of the Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi equipment and TLPS exceeded our
expectations for distance and capacity while not interfering or degrading the
existing traffic on traditional Wi-Fi channels," said John Dooley, Jarvinian'
s Managing Partner. "Even in an indoor urban environment made difficult or
otherwise unusable by spectral congestion, usable connections were established
at 3-5x the distance of public Wi-Fi. More critically, very high-speed
connections were maintained much more uniformly and over significantly longer
"There's an insatiable demand for wireless capacity, whether in the licensed
or unlicensed band," said Bart Burstein, Senior VP of Field Operations and
Business Development for Ruckus Wireless. "The technical advances we have made
in managing Wi-Fi signals to maximize performance enable us to support
industry efforts, like those of Globalstar, to creatively help solve the
wireless capacity crunch."
"With almost 600,000 mobile satellite service customers, Globalstar remains
committed to its satellite business while pursuing additional opportunities to
offer innovative new mobile broadband services such as TLPS. That commitment
is clearly demonstrated in our completion of the launch of a new satellite
constellation , our introduction to the market of new satellite-based products
and services, and my personal financial commitment to turn our plans into
reality," said Jay Monroe."As I have said in the past, wireless connectivity
should never be the problem rather it should be the solution to ensuring that
consumers can stay connected.Whether it is emergency backup communications,
remote connectivity or developing complementary solutions in urban areas,
Globalstar is committed to offering solutions to consumers and enterprises
that are increasing their reliance on wireless connectivity.We are very
excited by the potential of adding a new class of competitive pro-consumer
terrestrial services and Globalstar looks forward to performing the next phase
of testing which will include a public trial of the service in an as yet
unannounced geographic location."
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
For more information regarding Globalstar, please visit Globalstar's web site
Jarvinian is a research and investment organization, which is exclusively
focused on technologies that address the wireless spectrum crisis.Founded in
response to a call by the Federal Communications Commission for fundamental
innovation in spectrum utilization, Jarvinian seeks to meaningfully accelerate
the development of mobile capacity enabling technology.Further details on
Jarvinian may be found at www.jarvinian.com.
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