GMSS (Global Mobile Satellite System)

GMSS (Global Mobile Satellite System) is a term refering to mobile satellite phone systems with global coverage available to private users. There are three GMSS carriers as of 2009: Iridium, Globalstar and ICO. ICO is not yet providing services on a wide base. Also Inmarsat offers global services, though it provides mainly maritime services and is not recognized as a GMSS.

Thuraya is not a GMSS as it is a planned as a local satellite system.

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