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November 15, 2012

Globalstar Files Petition to Offer Two News Services Over the Big LEO Spectrum

By Rory Lidstone, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Globalstar (News - Alert) recently petitioned the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to obtain the regulatory flexibility needed to use the licensed MSS spectrum terrestrially with the aim of supporting mobile broadband applications in the U.S.

In the petition, the company proposes two separate terrestrial service offerings meant to complement one another over the exclusively licensed Big LEO spectrum. One of those services is LTE (News - Alert)-based and would cover the entirety of Globalstar's spectrum, while the other is a near-term terrestrial low power service (TLPS) offering over its 2.4 GHz spectrum band.

The use of the spectrum in this manner would allow its TLPS service to alleviate the increasing congestion in the existing 802.11 ISM channels typically used by Wi-Fi in most areas. Globalstar estimates that this would increase the available Wi-Fi capacity in the U.S. by 33 percent. Furthermore, the company will deploy 20,000 free TLPS access points throughout the nation's public and non-profit schools, community colleges and hospitals. Globalstar said it will also supply its mobile satellite services for free to customers in any federally declared disaster areas.

In the long term, the company would like to construct and operate an LTE system within its Big LEO spectrum, following an open and transparent rulemaking processing to resolve potential technical issues.

"We look forward to working with the Commission as our petition progresses," said L. Barbee Ponder IV, general counsel and vice president of Regulatory Affairs for Globalstar, in a statement. "This petition would place an additional 22 MHz into the national broadband inventory near term while leveraging existing handset technology and infrastructure."

Also recently, Globalstar revealed its financial results for the third quarter of 2012, reporting the fourth consecutive quarter of positive adjusted EBITDA — up $6.6 million of the third quarter of last year. Total revenue for Q3 2012 amounted to $20.5 million.

Edited by Amanda Ciccatelli

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