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Globalstar Files Petition for FCC Rulemaking Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 13 November 2012
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
band;
-- 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
2473-2483.5 MHz;
-- 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:
http://www.usdev.globalstar.com/en/index.php?cid=6000

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
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Earnings Call: November 14, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. ET
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 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
Audio Replay: 33654888#
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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 at www.globalstar.com
 

 


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