Jun 25, 2015 SPOT News

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SPOT Now Offers Pan-African Satellite Coverage

Affordable Tracking and Safety Devices Now Available to Adventurers Across Africa


  • Globalstar now offers SPOT coverage across Africa with the activation of its newest gateway in Gaborone, Botswana
  • To date, SPOT devices have helped to initiative over 3,500 rescues worldwide
  • Outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers and remote workers can now use the affordable SPOT Gen3® safety device across the continent to stay connected with colleagues, friends and family and if needed, emergency responders

COVINGTON, LA (June 25, 2015)Globalstar, Inc. (NYSE MKT: GSAT) today announced that its gateway in Gaborone, Botswana has gone live, enabling Globalstar and its subsidiary, SPOT LLC, to deliver affordable simplex coverage over the African continent.

This new gateway, in partnership with Broadband Botswana Internet (BBi), provides Globalstar’s full line of simplex services, including its SPOT portfolio of affordable personal tracking and life-saving products and services.

Much of the African continent has limited terrestrial and/or cellular infrastructure. In these regions in particular, Globalstar’s satellite services, which leverage the industry’s only complete next generation satellite constellation, provide a compelling must-have solution for seamless tracking of people and assets.

For sportspeople and adventurers such as boaters, hunters, pilots and extreme athletes, the SPOT Gen3 safety device can summon help with the touch of a button. It also gives family and friends peace of mind thanks to the ability to track the user’s progress via Google Maps. Since 2007, SPOT products have been responsible for over 3,500 rescues worldwide. SPOT Gen3 will retail in Africa at $179.99.

In addition, SPOT Trace® provides anti-theft protection for cars, motorbikes, boats, ATV’s, animals or any other valuable item a consumer may want to keep tabs on. Intelligent motion sensors alert the user of any unexpected movement of the item. SPOT Trace is small, rugged, waterproof and easy to conceal. At just $119.99, it can make all the difference in safeguarding valuable possessions.

“Expanding our service throughout Africa demonstrates Globalstar’s ongoing commitment to making our technology globally accessible,” said Jay Monroe, Chairman and CEO of Globalstar. “We see this region as a significant growth opportunity for our low cost satellite solutions. For the first time, people and industries in this burgeoning region will have access to affordable satellite solutions for personal and asset tracking and we look forward to working with BBi to making our technology available to more consumers across Africa.”

For more information on SPOT products in Africa, or to contact a sales representative, click here.   

About Globalstar, Inc.
Globalstar is a leading provider of mobile satellite voice and data services. Globalstar offers these services to government, commercial and recreational users around the world. The Company's products include mobile and fixed satellite telephones, Simplex and Duplex satellite data modems and flexible service packages. Many land based and maritime industries benefit from Globalstar with increased productivity from remote areas beyond cellular and landline service. Globalstar 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. www.globalstar.com

SPOT LLC, a subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., provides affordable satellite communication and tracking devices for recreational use. SPOT Global Phone uses the Globalstar network to transmit two-way voice and data communications. SPOT messaging devices use both the GPS satellite network and the Globalstar network to transmit text messages and GPS coordinates. Since 2007, SPOT has provided peace of mind by allowing customers to remain in contact completely independent of cellular coverage, having initiated over 3,500 rescues worldwide. For more information, visit FindMeSPOT.com.

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. SPOT Connect is a trademark of SPOT LLC. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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Charlie Murray