The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has approved a 5G variant of Globalstar’s Band 53 at 2483.5-2495 MHz, which may be used to aid small cell connectivity.
“Achieving 5G status with our band is a significant advancement in our spectrum efforts,” Jay Monroe, executive chairman of Globalstar, said. “New networks around the world will be built utilizing 5G’s advanced technology and our resource will now work in those networks. We appreciate the industry’s continued support of our spectrum and applaud the 3GPP working group for their approval.”
Globalstar is a provider of customizable satellite IoT Solutions for customers around the world in industries such as oil and gas, transportation, emergency management, government, maritime and outdoor recreation.
John Dooley, managing director of Jarvinian Advisors, added, “5G networks will increasingly rely upon high-density small cell deployments. What is needed for the spectrum inventory is a band with advantageous propagation qualities that can be devoted entirely to small cell use, which Band n53 can provide. Band n53 can also act as a traffic channel or as an anchor for other licensed or unlicensed bands in 5G networks, allowing rapid and economical deployment of a licensed spectrum band.”
In 2018, 3GPP approved a global standard for terrestrial use of Globalstar’s spectrum at 2.4 GHz. The standards organization designated Globalstar’s terrestrial S-band as Band 53, permitting LTE services in the United States and other places around the world.
Globalstar’s spectrum can serve as an anchor channel for carrier aggregation, enabling high-capacity indoor and outdoor applications and high levels of spectral reuse without the need for macro cellular coordination. Band 53 can be integrated into user equipment and cellular infrastructure.
Band 53 provides a single coast-to-coast contiguous license across the United States.