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New Globalstar satellites to come online

After its recent tribulations and disagreements with satellite manufacturer Thales Alenia Space, Globalstar has had some significant positive news to report, with the announcement that its satellite operations control centre has initiated the steps needed to place four previously launched satellites into service by mid-August.

“It has been a long road to recovery but these four satellites becoming operational is expected to pave the way for us to begin offering quality mobile satellite voice and data services in August,” said Tony Navarra, president of global operations for Globalstar.

“Over the past 20 months we have completed the launch of 18 of our 24 new satellites. Today we can already offer customers the clearest satellite voice calls and the fastest handset data speeds in the industry and our dealers have started to report strong increases in interest in our duplex services thanks to the improved performance.”

“Placing these satellites into service is anticipated to further improve the call connection rate in our major markets to a level of performance many of our voice and duplex data customers demand.”

Globalstar says that it expects to add additional satellites into service in the Autumn, which should further increase performance on the network.

The company is currently working with Thales and launch services provider Arianespace in order to conduct its fourth and final launch of six new second-generation satellites prior to the end of the year.

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