LONDON (04/06/2000) - Globalstar Telecommunications Ltd., the satellite-based mobile services provider, has extended its service to include Finland, Sweden and Denmark, with Norway and Lithuania being added in the near future, the company said yesterday.
The expanded service not only includes the mainland areas of the three countries, but much of the Baltic Sea as well. When Norway is added to the coverage plan, even more of the regions waters will be in service areas. The waterways in the these areas are key because of the amount of freight, fishing and passenger vessels, as well as offshore oil platforms that are frequently out of range for traditional mobile providers, the company said in a statement.
In February, a new Globalstar gateway was launched in Finland, allowing customers with Globalstar phones to roam between the three Scandinavian countries immediately. The gateway, along with existing gateways in France and Italy, brings Globalstar coverage to most of Europe, the company said.
The Scandinavian service is operated by Globalstar Northern Europe, a joint venture between Italy's Elsacom SpA and Finnish mobile service provider Oy Radiolinja AB.
The announcement brings the total number of countries covered by the service to 34. In January of this year, Globalstar announced that it was increasing its Latin American coverage to include México. [See "Globalstar Launches Phone Service in México," Jan. 19.]Globalstar, based in San Jose, California, can be reached at +1-408-933-4000 or athttp://www.globalstar.com/.