Satellite services provider Globalstar has secured a terrestrial LTE permit that will enable it to deploy its solutions in Gabon, Mozambique, Rwanda and South Africa.
In Mozambique, Globalstar and its technology partners have entered into an MoU with a yet-to-be-named client for a Band 53 private LTE network solution.
In Gabon and Rwanda, the company said its licensing includes C-Band authorisations at 5.1 and 7 GHz for the possible establishment of satellite gateway earth stations "that would work with existing gateways in Botswana, France and Turkey, to augment and solidify its coverage across the continent."
The company, which already has presence in Botswana, also confirmed it has obtained terrestrial LTE authority over its entire 16.5 MHz of S-band spectrum (2483.5-2500 MHz), most with permissible power limits suitable for both macro and micro cell deployments.
To facilitate service roll-out, Globalstar said it has established domestic subsidiaries that will introduce MSS and terrestrial LTE service offerings.
"Globalstar's satellite services combined with these flexible new terrestrial authorisations enable it to offer unique communications solutions in regions that have historically presented complex network deployment problems," the company stated.
Globalstar said it is now pursuing private LTE opportunities across the licensed markets, targeting major oil & gas, mining, agricultural, industrial, and conservation operations.
"Africa is a rich market for our terrestrial and satellite services, and Globalstar is committed to bringing its unique mix of solutions to the continent to meet the communications needs of the next generation of African businesses and consumers," said Jay Monroe, Globalstar's Executive Chairman of the Board.
"Satellite and terrestrial-based industrial IOT solutions will be critical to facilitating enhanced communications and data solutions in regions that have not previously had reliable wireless and wireline communications."