~ Others, like Google and Microsoft, expressed reservations, and commenters like Greg Gerst of Gerst Capital called for further, better and more transparent testing. And with a new application filed for Special Temporary Authority (STA), it looks as though Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) may have decided to take the testing matter into its own hands. A spokesperson at Microsoft was not immediately available to comment.
"It seems like they're willing to take on the job," said satellite and wireless industry consultant Tim Farrar of TMF Associates, who spotted the STA filing. "That's been the concern all along, that Globalstar has done a bunch of tests itself and never really given a comprehensive view of the answers. There have been a limited set of test cases," and not a lot of detail about the impact on Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. "A lot of the things that Gerst has been saying that should be tested, I think it's possible, probably likely" that Microsoft will go through with to one extent or another.
Since there is no published detail of what's in the FCC's order, "we don't know what they're going to do," Farrar said. Microsoft could have anticipated the issuance of an order that all sides acknowledged would require more testing and was simply preparing to conduct its own testing after that point, Farrar notes in his blog.
Microsoft's STA application asks permission to conduct tests that would include terrestrial use of the 2483.5-2500 MHz Mobile Satellite Service (MSS) band currently assigned for use by Globalstar.
"Microsoft will test terrestrial operations in the 2473-2483.5 MHz unlicensed band and the adjacent 2483.5-2500 MHz band, consistent with Globalstar Inc.'s proposal to operate a terrestrial low-power service on these frequencies nationwide," the application states. "Microsoft seeks to quantify the affect [sic] of such operations on the performance and rel