Amazon tests wireless network using Globalstar satellite spectrum

27 Aug 2013

Online retail giant Amazon.com has reportedly conducted tests of a wireless network using spectrum controlled by satellite operator Globalstar. Bloomberg reports that the trial was held in the vicinity of Amazon’s Lab126 research facility in Cupertino, California, where it designs its Kindle devices, including Kindle Fire tablets. It is unclear if the tests are still ongoing, the report added. Amazon and Globalstar both declined to comment on the story.

In a separate article, citing a 1 July filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Fierce Wireless quotes Globalstar investor and partner Jarvinian Wireless Application Fund as saying that it is engaged in testing ‘to help a major technology company assess the significant performance benefits of Terrestrial Low-Power Service (TLPS) for a transformative consumer broadband application’. Globalstar is licensed to provide mobile satellite service in the 1610MHz-1618.725MHz (uplink) and 2483.5MHz-2500MHz (downlink) spectrum bands.

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