Tour de France to use satellite phones for ground operations

Tour de France to use satellite phones for ground operations

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Ireland: Organisers of Tour de France have selected Globalstar GSP-1700 satellite phone for their communications across the UK leg of the world’s most prestigious bicycle road race.

The organising committee will be using 100 of Globalstar’s flagship satellite phone, the GSP-1700, to provide clear and reliable communications across the UK Stage 3 leg of the race – a new part of the Tour introduced for 2014. These will be used by members of the organising team, as well as by support and emergency crew.

Taking place on July 5 to July 27, 2014, the 101st Tour de France consists of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,664 kilometres. For the first time, the race begins in Yorkshire in the UK, with Stage 1 travelling from Leeds to Harrogate, for a 20th Grand Départ abroad. The race then heads south with London rounding off Stage 3 on July 7. The Tour de France will also go through Belgium and Spain.

Globalstar’s satellite phones were selected for their ability to deliver clear reliable voice and data communications, including in regions where mobile reach is limited or non-existent.

Gavan Murphy, Director of Marketing at Globalstar Europe, said: “The Tour de France has to run its operations like clockwork and reliable communications in any location is critical. This is one of the world’s greatest sporting events and we are delighted that our state-of-the-art satellite network and handsets are helping the organisers stay connected.”

Source: Source Wire