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Globalstar Providing Satellite Comms for the Tour de France

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Satellite phone provider, Globalstar says that it is providing telecoms services to the Tour de France organisers for the UK leg of the famous bicycle road race.

The organising committee will be using 100 of Globalstar's flagship satellite phone, the GSP-1700, to provide communications across the UK Stage 3 leg of the race - a new part of the Tour introduced for 2014. These will be used by members of the organising team, as well as by support and emergency crew.

The agreement for the supply of satellite phones for the Tour de France was spearheaded by Global Telesat Communications (GTC) , a provider of satellite communications solutions, and Globalstar distribution partner.

Globalstar's flagship GSP-1700 satellite phone is a small lightweight consumer-friendly handset offering the fastest handheld data speeds available in the satcoms space and delivering the best voice quality in the market. Users of Globalstar solutions uniquely benefit from the world's only second generation satellite network in orbit, offering latency-free crystal clear call quality.

In January this year, Globalstar launched its pre-pay service in the European region, the lowest cost pre-paid service in the mobile satellite services (MSS) space. The pre-paid service is available in 10 different card denominations from 50 to 1,000 minutes. Customers who simply want to use the phone for themselves can use personal cards while shared pre-paid cards are for those who share their phone with colleagues or friends.

In April, Globalstar launched its "Free Phones For All" campaign, an ambitious rebate programme offering cashback of up to €500 on every new GSP-1700 satellite phone bought with a post-paid contract from participating dealers in EMENA (Europe, Middle East, North Africa).

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