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Globalstar gaining from Apple deal

Satellite operator Globalstar is doing well as a result of its relationship with Apple and its iPhones. Globalstar’s revenues in the main come from its mobile satellite services division but very much is looking to a future from satellite-based links with terrestrial services. Its revenues are up a useful 17 per cent in its commercial […]

March 6, 2024By Chris Forrester

Starlink gets tough with Apple/Globalstar

Currently SpaceX’s Starlink system dominates satellite-based broadband and the potential for ‘direct-to-device’ (MSS: Mobile Satellite Service) communications. However, Globalstar is rolling out its smaller constellation and has Apple helping finance its expansion. The initial problem is that both outfits use the same frequencies (as does Dish Network). SpaceX formally complained to the FCC on February […]

February 8, 2024

Globalstar picks SpaceX for launches

Globalstar, in an SEC regulatory filing, says it has placed a launch order with SpaceX to start replacing its low Earth orbiting satellites beginning in 2025. But placing the contract with SpaceX means that it is using SpaceX to try and gain a speedy commercial advantage for satellite-to-device connectivity. SpaceX is already working with operators […]

September 6, 2023By Chris Forrester

Globalstar names Qualcomm’s Jacobs as CEO

Paul Jacobs, the former CEO and chairman of chip-set manufacturer Qualcomm is to be the new CEO at satellite-phone business Globalstar. Globalstar has a contract with Apple to link iPhones with its growing satellite business. The latest iPhones (i14) can already make SES emergency calls in certain countries. Jacobs headed up Qualcomm from 2005 to […]

August 30, 2023By Chris Forrester

Globalstar vs SpaceX frequency battle

SpaceX wants to start supplying connectivity for a ‘direct-to-handset’ cellular service. The trouble is that Globalstar is already licensed by the FCC for its iPhone service for Apple and its permission is near-exclusive. The SpaceX applications to the FCC started back in September last year and asked for a modification to its existing operating licence […]

August 16, 2023

Globalstar: Two-way sat-comms this year

Satellite operator Globalstar is already working with Apple on smartphone connectivity for emergency use. Globalstar says its full ‘Spot’ two-way global communications service will start beta-testing later this year. Globalstar is using MDA Corp of Canada to build 17 extra satellites to girdle the planet in readiness for what the industry expects to be a […]

August 7, 2023By Chris Forrester

Forecast: Satellite IoT revenue at $7.8bn by 2030

Decreasing costs of satellite launches and lower capital outlays have enabled several new Small Satellite (SmallSat) operators (such as Swarm Technologies, Kepler, FOSSA Systems, Sateliot, Lacuna Space, HEAD Aerospace Group, and Totum Labs) to enter the satellite Internet-of-Things (IoT) market with low-cost and low-power satellite connectivity offerings. These new entities seek to challenge traditional satellite IoT incumbents, including Inmarsat, Iridium, ORBCOMM, and Globalstar, to provide a […]

June 30, 2023

Analyst: Satellite DTD market worth billions

Analysts at Quilty Space say they estimate the satellite direct-to-device (DTD) market holds the promise of burgeoning into a multibillion-dollar industry. “It comes as no surprise that in the race to equip unmodified smartphones with satellite connectivity, various players are jockeying for position. Who crosses the finish line first, or even who stays in the […]

June 5, 2023

Thaicom increases profits in Q1

Satellite operator Thaicom has reported its financial results Q1 2023. Thaicom’s net profit attributable to owner of the Company for the quarter was Baht 90 million (€2.44m), an increase from Q4 2022 where there was a net loss of Baht 439 million. The main reason was the reduction in net foreign exchange losses as the […]

May 9, 2023

Globalstar Q1 revenues rise

Globalstar is a fast-growing mobile satellite operator which has struck a dramatic deal with Apple for connecting Apple’s latest smart phones to its satellite-based services. Its latest numbers show a 79 pe rcent increase in service revenues for the quarter-year to March 31st from $29.3 million (in Q1 2022) to $52.94 million. Its bottom-line net […]

May 8, 2023By Chris Forrester