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|To achieve rapid and sustained customer acceptance of the system,
Globalstar will provide a worldwide low-cost, high quality service that
combines the best of existing cellular service with the technological
advantages of the Globalstar system to meet the needs of individual end
Low-Cost Service Globalstar will wholesale system access time to its service providers, and intends to offer its service providers effective average prices. Globalstar service providers will be free to establish their own retail pricing policies as appropriate to address local market conditions and regulatory requirements, while on average Globalstar retail prices will be approximately $2.00 (Can) per minute in North America. Globalstar believes that its pricing structure will promote a faster penetration for Globalstar service and a larger subscriber base.
|Worldwide Coverage and Access; The Globalstar system will enable its
service providers to rapidly and economically extend modern
telecommunications services to significant numbers of people who currently
lack basic telephone services and to enhance wireless telecommunications
in areas currently underserved or not served by existing cellular systems.
Further, the Globalstar system will enable international travelers to make
and receive calls at a unique telephone number through their mobile
handsets anywhere in the world where Globalstar service is authorized by
local regulatory authorities.
Superior Call Quality; Increased Privacy Based on terrestrial simulations of the Globalstar system, Globalstar expects that its CDMA digital technology will enable it to provide digital voice services which will have better clarity, quality and privacy than those of currently used analog land-based cellular systems.
||No Voice Delay Globalstar satellites' low-earth orbit of 1410
kilometres will result in no perceptible voice delay, as compared with the noticeable
time delay and echo effect of calls utilizing geosynchronous satellites.
Globalstar believes that its system will also entail noticeably less voice
delay than medium-earth orbit (MEO) GMPCS systems and, in many cases, than
LEO systems requiring on-board satellite call processing to support
satellite-to-satellite switching systems.
Multiple Satellite Coverage; Soft Handoff CDMA combined with continuous multiple satellite coverage and path diversity (a patented Space Systems/Loral method of signal reception) will enable the Globalstar system to provide service to a wide variety of locations, with less potential for signal blockage from buildings, terrain or other natural features. Subscriber terminals will be able to operate with a single satellite in view, although typically two to four satellites will be overhead. Therefore, the loss of an individual satellite will usually not result in any gap in global coverage. Each mobile terminal will communicate with as many as three satellites simultaneously, combining the signals received to ensure maximum service quality. As satellites are constantly moving in and out of view, they will be seamlessly added to and removed from the calls in progress, thereby reducing the risk of call interruption.
||Mobile Units; Globalstar handsets and vehicle-mounted mobile units are anticipated to be priced comparably and will be similar in size and function to current state-of-the-art digital cellular telephones. Moreover, Globalstar mobile units will use less power on average than conventional analog cellular telephones and are therefore expected to enjoy longer battery life. Dual-mode handsets will be able to access both Globalstar and the local land-based cellular service, where available|