Globalstar, the provider of the satellite connectivity found in the iPhone 14, is battling SpaceX for the right to utilize the same radio frequency for its Starlink satellite mobile service.

The 1.6GHz and 2.4GHz bands are at issue, which Globalstar currently use for its own satellite communication services, notably the Emergency SOS function on the iPhone 14. SpaceX requested access to the same bandwidth last week from the Federal Communications Commission so that Starlink could provide connectivity to mobile devices.

At first, Globalstar didn’t say how it would react to SpaceX’s proposal. However, the business sent (Opens in a new window) its own public filing to the FCC on Thursday, pleading with it to refuse the spectrum access.

According to the filing, the Commission should deny this request because it lacks adequate technical support, deviates from established Commission policy, and jeopardizes crucial services that have been provided by Globalstar and its partners for more than 20 years and that have enhanced the public interest. These services include emergency services.

Globalstar’s main complaint is that SpaceX might interfere with its own satellite systems’ communications. According to the complaint, SpaceX has not shown that the addition of its intended operations to Globalstar’s licensed spectrum band is possible without posing a significant and unsustainable danger to the company’s MSS (mobile satellite service) network and users.

Additionally, Globalstar contends that it needs secured access to the 1.6/2.4GHz bands since it will now provide emergency satellite communication for the iPhone 14, which is anticipated to be purchased by millions of people. In addition, the company wonders why SpaceX is requesting access to the 1.6/2.4 GHz range when it might be requesting access to alternative radio frequency.

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