Wireless infrastructure company Airwavz Solutions, Inc. and Globalstar Inc. (NYSE American: GSAT), agreed upon rights to offer Band 53 for in-building wireless services. Airwavz received rights to lease Globalstar’s Band 53 under the agreement. Globalstar will further develop the spectrum and supporting ecosystem for in-building services and critical applications. Airwavz Solutions and Globalstar will begin pilot programs in the commercial real estate sector in Q3 2019.
While today’s network topologies, such as DAS, D-RAN, WiFi and fiber-optic networks, support current in-building services, new technologies need to be developed to address the expected explosion of IoT devices and the millions of connections needed for smart-building applications. Globalstar says Band 53, which received 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) approval in December 2018, is well suited to meet future in-building wireless connectivity demands.
“Massive IoT, Private LTE Networks, Smart Buildings, and Property Technology (PropTech) are only a handful of the use cases that will require advanced wireless infrastructure,” said Airwavz President Mark Horinko. “The potential to offer our commercial real estate clients robust wireless services, based on both licensed Band 53 and quasi-licensed Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) is driving us to innovate and breakthrough current business models and technological barriers.”
Globalstar’s terrestrial Band 53 holds physical, regulatory and ecosystem qualities that distinguish it from other 5G spectrum allocations. With favorable propagation characteristics including low interference, high capacity and nationwide availability, Band 53 is ideal to support next generation in-building services as the commercial real estate industry undergoes a technological transformation, say the companies.
June 10, 2019