KENYA – American satellite communications company Globalstar Inc. has obtained terrestrial authorizations in Kenya, Brazil and Canada.
The three countries represent an additional covered population of 300 million and 3.7 billion MHz-Pops, bringing the company’s total terrestrial authority to over 9 billion MHz-Pops and coverage of a total population of approximately 700 million.
“Since completing the FCC licensing process for terrestrial service in 2.4 GHz, we have pursued a global initiative to obtain terrestrial authorizations in a multitude of countries in pursuit of commercial spectrum global harmonization. We are incredibly pleased that the hard work of our team has culminated in this success at roughly the same time across three continents. Each of these countries is a significant win for us because they represent important developments for our regulatory efforts – Kenya shows continued momentum in Africa, Brazil has the largest population and economy in South America and Canada is a step forward to a harmonized North American resource,” Jay Monroe, Executive Chairman of Globalstar, commented.
“There are three components of our spectrum effort – international regulatory, standardization and commercialization. After the FCC process concluded we immediately began working on the 3GPP standardization which led to Band 53. We then moved our efforts to the 5G variant which we completed known as Band n53. The standardization of the band allows our partners to add to the ecosystem of devices and infrastructure available which in turn drives regulatory momentum. All of this progress has led to increasing commercial interest in the band and we continue to receive significant support from our growing list of partners,” he continued.
Kyle Pickens, Vice President of Strategy at Globalstar and Partner at Thermo Companies, said “The number of opportunities we are currently pursuing for our terrestrial spectrum and the support we are receiving from international regulators and our ecosystem partners are all moving in the right direction. These views are enhanced by Thermo’s current portfolio and partners, including FiberLight, Lumen, Pivotal Commware, Airspan, Recon and XCOM Labs. Nearly all of the Thermo investments over recent years are meant to directly help Globalstar maximize its potential which has proven to be a helpful strategy thus far.”