Hughes Works with Globalstar on Next-Gen Network

Mobile satellite company Globalstar has partnered with Hughes Network Systems for what the companies called the next-generation of satellite communications services.

Specifically, Hughes will work with Globalstar to develop a proprietary satellite air interface and will deliver ground network equipment and software upgrades for installation at Globalstar's gateway ground stations.

Globalstar said it expects the ground network, combined with its second-generation satellite constellation scheduled for launch in the second-half of 2009, to provide the company with the ability to offer advanced wireless voice and high-speed IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) services, as well as seamless handoffs to terrestrial networks using multi-mode user terminals