DUBLIN, Ireland, Oct. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSAT) and a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services to businesses, governments and consumers, today announced that it has signed an authorized distribution agreement with Virtual Mobile Data (VMD). VMD will act as a National Distributor for Globalstar's suite of duplex and SPOT products to the defence, government, maritime, oil and gas, transportation, tourism and mining sectors within the Tunisian and Algerian Mainland Territories via their established Dealer channel.
"We are delighted to be working with VMD within the expansive, fast developing markets of North Africa. They are uniquely positioned to offer our suite of Duplex and SPOT products to the Government, B2B and B2C markets within that region," said Mark O'Connell, Director European Sales & Business Operations, Globalstar Europe Satellite Services Ltd.
On September 25th 2012, Globalstar announced that it had eliminated roaming charges between Independent Gateway Operator, Globalstar Avrasya of Turkey and Globalstar Europe. Globalstar Europe Satellite Services gateway in Aussaguel, France and Globalstar Avrasya's gateway located in Ankara, Turkey are now provisioned to facilitate flat rate telecommunications throughout all of the European sub-continent as well as Northern Africa, the Middle East, most of the Mediterranean and the eastern Atlantic Ocean maritime region.
Globalstar is currently planning to launch six additional LEO (low-earth orbit) satellites in early February 2013, completing its second-generation satellite launches. The Globalstar second-generation satellite constellation is designed to support the Company's current line-up of voice, Duplex and Simplex M2M data products and services including its suite of SPOT retail consumer products. The new satellites are designed to last for 15 years, twice the lifespan of Globalstar's first-generation satellites.
"By signing this agreement, we are expanding our collaboration and partnership with Globalstar, as well as strengthening our position as a leader in the Northern African satellite telecommunications market. Thanks to the best Duplex voice quality and fastest low band data speeds, we are now able to meet our customer's key requests. We are confident that through this collaboration, VMD will be the principal partner for individuals and businesses seeking satellite communication in Northern Africa," said Yosri Ben Ismail, Operations Manager with VMD.
"With the new Globalstar Duplex Phone Technology, businesses can expect better risk control and higher levels of security and productivity while paying the most economical satellite voice and data rates available in the market," continued Mr. Ismail.
About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to commercial customers and recreational consumers in more than 120 countries around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, simplex and duplex satellite data modems, flexible airtime service packages and the SPOT family of mobile satellite consumer products including the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Global customer segments include: oil and gas, government, mining, forestry, commercial fishing, utilities, military, transportation, heavy construction, emergency preparedness, and business continuity as well as individual recreational users. Globalstar data solutions are ideal for various asset and personal tracking, data monitoring and SCADA applications. Note that all SPOT products described in this press release are the products of Spot LLC, which is not affiliated in any manner with Spot Image of Toulouse, France or Spot Image Corporation of Chantilly, Virginia.
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VMD is a Globalstar Satellite Telecommunications Solutions Provider specialising in the Government sector as well as the Defence, Maritime, Transportation, Tourism, Oil & Gas and the Mining industries.
VMD is the first company in Northern Africa to offer a complete solution covering Voice, Internet, Data tracking and M2M Solutions via Satellite. VMD confirms and emphasizes its leadership in the region with an important network of partners and resellers and active customers throughout North Africa and the Middle East.
For more information regarding VMD, please visit www.vmdsolutions.net
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