SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) and Globalstar, Inc., (OTCBB: GSAT) today announced the successful results of new Wi-Fi testing that used a combination of unlicensed spectrum in the Industrial Scientific Medical (ISM) band and Globalstar's licensed Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) spectrum. ISM radio bands, where most all public Wi-Fi traffic operates, are portions of the radio spectrum that have been reserved internationally for the use of radio frequency (RF) energy for purposes other than communications.
All tests were performed within the 2.4 GHz band, using carrier-grade Smart Wi-Fi equipment manufactured by Ruckus Wireless, and existing smartphones that were enabled to operate over the new channel via a remote firmware upgrade. This new testing provides compelling proof of how quickly and dramatically Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) can expand the nation's wireless capacity to address the looming exhaustion of existing Wi-Fi spectrum.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently freeing up satellite spectrum for terrestrial mobile broadband services to meet the ambitious goals of the National Broadband Plan. Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has identified the "Wi-Fi Traffic Jam" as a critical problem that should be solved, saying: "As consumer adoption of wireless devices continues to soar, Wi-Fi congestion is becoming a critical problem for consumers and innovators.""There's an insatiable demand for wireless capacity, whether in the licensed or unlicensed band," said Bart Burstein, Senior VP of Field Operations and Business Development for Ruckus Wireless. "The technical advances we have made in managing Wi-Fi signals to maximize performance enable us to support industry efforts, like those of Globalstar, to creatively help solve the wireless capacity crunch." What is Terrestrial Low Power Service? Globalstar's Terrestrial Low Power Service (TLPS) has been proposed to the FCC as a new 802.11-based service in the 2.4 GHz band that enables a privately managed extension to the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band using adjacent licensed spectrum to support mobile broadband applications throughout the United States. TLPS is expected to be a licensed service that is readily compatible with existing 802.11-compliant Wi-Fi devices, offering data speeds and distances that are far superior to those currently existing on public Wi-Fi channels.