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FCC Issues Preliminary Approval for Globalstar To Use Its Spectrum for Terrestrial Service

The FCC issued preliminary approval for Globalstar to use its 2.4 GHz band spectrum for terrestrial mobile services. The company plans to use 11.5 MHz of previously-licensed S-band spectrum at 2483.5-2495 MHz, as well as the adjacent 10.5 MHz of unlicensed spectrum at 2473-2483.5 MHz. The FCC’s proposed amendment of rules on the use of this spectrum is now open to public consultation before it takes a final decision on the matter. The FCC said that Globalstar’s proposal to re-farm L-band spectrum will be addressed separately.

This means that Globalstar could, at their option, run a cellular-type service using their previously assigned satellite spectrum bands.  Or it could set Globalstar up as an acquisition candidate as the spectrum value increases.  This kind of decision has implications across the SatCom space.

Globalstar needs cash, not only to build new satellites to replace the eight launched in 2008, but also to update ground stations to run Gen2 services, and R&D to build a new phone that can run Gen2 services.   Globalstar says they can run ful network coverage with just 24 satellites – I find that hard to believe since the original design was for 48 satellites.  Even at 32 satellite I wonder, but at 24?  I don’t see how that would even work properly.

An increased spectrum valuation could run one of three ways:

  1. Nobody cares and Globalstar continues with business as usual (unlikely)
  2. They can leverage the increased value with some kind of cash infusion, upwards of a couple hundred million dollars and then they are on a pretty good road to hitting Gen2 services first.  The question then is: Will the $499 Globalstar phone remain or will the price increase as they look to recover the investment?
  3. The spectrum is perceived as so valuable that they become a takeover candidate and the spectrum is re-purposed for something other than Globalstar satellite vice and data services.  This is a real possibility and the demand for data increases and spectrum becomes scarcer.

This has put Globalstar in an interesting position, almost enviable, as they can partly ‘choose their own adventure’ as one of my choral directors say.  With Jay Monroe having invest a huge personal stake and still owning a large chunk of GSAT, it will be interesting to see what course of action Globalstar takes when as the action heats up.

Stay tuned for more…..

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GlobaFone Partners’ Globalstar and Iridium in the News

Satellite news has been making headlines over the past week as two GlobaFone partners made announcements which shift opportunities in the industry and extend their international reach in the communication market.

Globalstar announced the continuation of its Second Generation constellation. The news hit just as the company is making it apparent that six satellites are being prepared for launch by the end of July, with two additional launches taking place by the end of the year. In all, 32 Globalstar satellites will be active as the new plans compliment the eight first generation satellites already in existence. The upgrades to the Globalstar network will
increase our global range and is just one of the ways we can continue to offer
leading technology and hardware solutions from a substantial provider.   GlobaFone is pleased to be in alignment with the provider  services and we look forward to the restoration of full duplex voice and data services.

In the same context, Iridium and Boeing made it known that Iridium NEXT, the company’s future generation satellite is being developed in a contract via Boeing that extends through 2017.  The investment in lengthy satellite development and integration marks a promising dedication to satellite advancements. As for the future, we at GlobaFone also look forward to seeing these impressive plans taking place at Iridium and hopeful for more details as they become available. More and more, it seems the future for satellite coverage capabilities is progressing and its value is certainly being realized.

Healthy Competition

As for the competition between the two providers, we see it as evolving the industry and ensuring technological breakthroughs in a communication market so many audiences rely on for business continuity, disaster plans, and intelligence. Both strategies extend great value to our clients as they bring a broader range of services in an ever growing market
where reliance on universal communication channels including voice, data, and messaging capabilities are in high demand.  In essence, more satellites translate into greater coverage and reliability for our client base. With both Globalstar and Iridium taking center stage there are sure to be some interesting developments in the months to come. We look forward to answering client questions in the upcoming weeks about what
the new satellite launch and advancements means for the industry.


Globalstar Satellites Arrive!

Good Day,

Two weeks I wrote about some exciting news about ; the first three satellites for the new constellation had been completed and accepted by Globalstar. Now they have been delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan where they will be launched with three other satellites in October. Click to watch the delivery. Thales Alenia Space is under contract to build all 40 new for Globalstar.

This is a substantial step in Globalstar restoring full service to their subscriber base, expected by June 2011. Globalstar offers high-quality voice and data satellite service through their satellite phones and data devices. SPoT, the award-winning satellite personal tracker uses Globalstar’s simplex data service to save lives.

is a Globalstar Star Dealer and we look forward to restoration of service.

Today it IS all about Globalstar!

Remember where you were on February 7, 2007? It was a day that brought hugely impactful news to the business.

The constellation had been damaged and service was going to deteriorate until they launched the new constellation. But that was in two to three years, such a long time….

had just launched the smallest in the world, the GSP 1700 six days earlier. This phone is the size of my Blackberry and it was very cool. It also carried a very competitive price tag. How could this be happening?

That unfortunate chapter ends today: In just a few hours a rocket will blast off carrying six brand new satellites into space. They will join eight existing, second generation birds that have been carrying service for the past 18 months or so. The estimate is that by June of next year, service will be back to 50% and in a year we’ll see a resurgence of 95% of Globalstar’s top quality voice service (and it really is top quality service).

The new constellation brings much more functionality that we will outline in future posts. Other noteworthy items:

Globalstar will offer the for just $500 and unlimited voice and data service for just $20 a month!

This program is by far the best deal in the business and designed with one goal – Bring back subscribers. We’ll keep you posted as to the terms and valid dates but if you have even been considering buying a Globalstar phone, now is the time.

So, today, 2 1/2 years after some very bad news, we bring you some very good news: countdown to launch and new pricing for phones and service.

Great Globalstar Expectations

“There are 813 things that have to go right; we’re on number 6”

This loose paraphrasing of Tom Hanks’ Jim Lovell in ‘Apollo 13’ seems to hold true for any massive project.

pending launch next Tuesday is but one step in their massive project of restoring . Lives may not be directly at stake as there were on Apollo 13, but there definitely is a sequence of ‘things’ and many, many, interested parties pulling together to make it all happen.

Among those ‘things’ – the specific events:
1. The payload of the first six satellites has been encapsulated in the protective payload fairing. This means they are one step closer to flying.
2. The October 19 launch date which is the first of four launches that will send the 24 second generation satellites into orbit. Launch time is 2: 10 PM Eastern Time, 11:10 AM Pacific time, at Globalstar’s headquarters.

These 24 satellites will join the eight satellites already flying and providing service.

There will be three other launches of six new satellites each, and then hours of maneuvering, testing, deploying and plenty of heartburn moments. However, in the end, as the 813 things go right, Globalstar will bring thier service back ion-line! We are most enthusiastic about Globalstar’s prospects to restore their service by the estimated June 30, 2011 date.

Restoring Globalstar’s mobile satellite voice and data services will be a great development for businesses, governments and consumers that rely on their satellite phones for emergency and non-emergency communications. And, it will take place just around the time that hurricane season gets started next year.

provides excellent service and very good coverage around the world. It is not completely global, yet it does cover close to 90% of the world’s population.

So we have great expectations that will fly again as the sequence of ‘things’ all come to fruition.

Thanks for reading.

Globalstar to Take Satellite Delivery

Thales Alenia Space Facilities has announced that the first three satellites in the Globalstar 2G constellation are ready to be shipped to the launch site. They will fly from from Baikonour on a Soyuz launch vehicle and orbited by Arianespace starting in October. These three satellites are the first launch batch, to be delivered by the end of August. Globalstar contracted Thales Alenia Space for the design and delivery of 48 second-generation constellation low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites that will provide mobile phone and data satellite services. These satellites are now under construction at various Thales Alenia Space facilities in France and Italy.

The new constellation will provide Globalstar’s coverage beyond 2025, and offer a platform for expanded services and innovative solutions. They have a design life of 15 years. Thales Alenia Space played a major role in Globalstar’s first-generation program, as supplier of the satellite payloads, structures, propulsion and thermal subsystems, and several electronics units, as well as systems integration of the entire constellation, including an additional eight satellites launched in mid-2007.

Thales Alenia Space’s long-term partnership with Globalstar, along with another major contract recently signed in this domain, clearly demonstrate the company’s leadership in constellations, based on proven expertise in system design and telecommunications technologies in general.