GLOBALSTAR SATELITE-BASED TELEPHONES APPROVED FOR EU USE.The Globalstar (Nasdaq:GSTRF GSTRF Globalstar Telecommunications Ltd ), San Jose, Calif., satellite telephone system achieved an important regulatory milestone recently when its fixed telephone unit was formally approved for use throughout the European Union (EU). This approval will significantly expedite the certification process for this phone in other countries and will facilitate similar approval of Globalstar portable phone units.
The fixed-location telephone, which is manufactured by QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM QCOM Qualcomm, Inc. (stock symbol) ) of San Diego, California “San Diego” redirects here. For other uses, see San Diego (disambiguation).
San Diego is a coastal Southern California city located in the southwestern corner of the continental United States. As of 2006, the city has a population of 1,256,951. , received European Type approval from the British Approvals Board for Telecommunications The British Approvals Board for Telecommunications (BABT) was established in 1982 by the UK government to provide type approval services to the telecommunications terminal industry. (BABT BABT - British Approval Boards for Telecommunications ). Certification from this agency is automatically recognized by authorities in all 15 EU countries, and it also allows QUALCOMM to register this phone with the International Telecommunications Union See ITU.
(body, standard) International Telecommunications Union - (ITU) ITU-T, the telecommunication standardisation sector of ITU, is responsible for making technical recommendations about telephone and data (including fax) communications systems for PTTs and suppliers. (ITU) -- a critical step in ensuring that these products will be recognized by the more than 130 signatories of the ITU's Memorandum of Understanding A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action and may not imply a legal commitment. for Global Mobile Personal Communications By Satellite (GMPCS GMPCS Global Mobile Personal Communications by Satellite
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"The technical requirements for European approval of telecommunication products are recognized as among the most stringent worldwide and hold the credibility and respect of many regulatory authorities outside the European community," said Gerald Beckwith, president, QUALCOMM Wireless Systems. "We anticipate that the global recognition of the European approval and the ITU registry will help in minimizing the time and expense spent on the approval process in other countries around the world."
The fixed-unit phone covered by the BABT certification is a stationary telephone intended for use in remote office or commercial locations where access to the terrestrial public-switch telephone network is either impractical or uneconomical. This QUALCOMM phone looks and works much like a desk phone but uses a rooftop antenna to communicate directly with the Globalstar low-earth-orbiting satellite constellation, connecting back to a Globalstar ground station where the call would be routed on to its final destination.
The Globalstar system will provide simple, reliable, and affordable satellite-based personal communications services See PCS. to users virtually anywhere in the world. Globalstar's service will provide not only wireless digital telephone services, but also data transmission, paging, facsimile and position location. Globalstar is scheduled to begin progressive roll-out of its services in the third quarter of 1999.
"This European approval now brings the Globalstar system an important step closer toward final completion," said Gloria Everett, senior vice president of operations for Globalstar. "It paves the way for uniform use throughout all the European Union countries."
Other Globalstar products that will be available in the future from QUALCOMM include the following:
-- Analog Fixed Terminal: similar to the BABT-approved Fixed Terminal but provides for the use of a standard telephone and supports fax and asynchronous Refers to events that are not synchronized, or coordinated, in time. The following are considered asynchronous operations. The interval between transmitting A and B is not the same as between B and C. The ability to initiate a transmission at either end. data;
-- Tri-mode Handheld Phone: provides for Globalstar satellite-based communication, plus communication with analog Advanced Mobile Phone Systems (AMPS) and Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) A method for transmitting simultaneous signals over a shared portion of the spectrum. The foremost application of CDMA is the digital cellular phone technology from QUALCOMM that operates in the 800 MHz band and 1.9 GHz PCS band. ) digital terrestrial-based cellular networks;
-- Car Kit: includes a privacy handset and privacy headset for portable phones, along with accessories such as chargers, cigarette-lighter adapters, and cables to plug the Tri-mode phone into a personal computer for e-mail and other applications.
Other Globalstar phones, including dual-mode phones, are being manufactured by Ericsson and Telital.
Testing of the phone was conducted by TUV Product Service. Based in Titchfield, England, TUV is a laboratory recognized by BABT to manage the testing of Globalstar products manufactured by QUALCOMM, Ericsson and Telital. Testing measured the ability of the product to co-exist with other systems used throughout the world, as required by the ITU and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (body) European Telecommunications Standards Institute - (ETSI) A European version of the ITU-T(?). . Approval testing for the "Terminal Essential Requirements" measured in-band and out-of-band emission, as well as network control reception, and TUV also performed electromagnetic compatibility (EMC (1) (EMC Corporation, Hopkinton, MA, www.emc.com) The leading supplier of storage products for midrange computers and mainframes. Founded in 1979 by Richard J. Egan and Roger Marino, EMC has developed advanced storage and retrieval technologies for the world's largest companies. ) tests.
About QUALCOMM Incorporated
QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq:QCOM) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the company's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) digital technology. The company's major business areas include CDMA phones; integrated CDMA chipsets and system software; technology licensing; and satellite-based systems including OmniTRACS(R) and portions of the Globalstar(tm) system. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., QUALCOMM is a FORTUNE 500(R) company with fiscal 1998 revenues in excess of US $3.3 billion. For more information, visit the company's web site at http://www.qualcomm.com.
Globalstar (Nasdaq:GSTRF), led by founding partner Loral Space & Communications, is a partnership of the world's leading telecommunications service providers and equipment manufacturers, including QUALCOMM Incorporated, AirTouch Communications, Alcatel, Alenia, China Telecom (HK), DACOM DACOM Differential-Absorption Carbon Monoxide Monitor
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DACOM Differential-Absorption Carbon Monoxide Measurements , DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, Elsacom (a Finmeccanica company), France Telecom, Hyundai, Space Systems/Loral and Vodafone. For more information, visit Globalstar's web site at http://www.globalstar.com.
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