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Globalstar Seeking Permission to Reuse Radio Spectrum for LTE Services

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Mobile satellite phone operator, Globalstar has petitioned the US telecoms regulator, the FCC to obtain the flexibility necessary to use its licensed MSS spectrum terrestrially to support mobile broadband applications throughout the United States.

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;

The company said that this 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 schools, 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 LTE system within its Big LEO spectrum.

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.

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