- Global Mobile Satellite System
The Global Mobile Satellite System (GMSS) is a general term referring to the selection of
satellite phoneproviders available to private customers. It is a term analogous to PLMN, referring to wireless telephony(cellular) carriers, and PSTN, referring to traditional wire-based telephony.
As of 2008, the allocated GMSS carriers are:
* Ellipso (a non-operational service, with no satellites launched)
ICO Global Communications
Inmarsatis a satellite-based communications provider, but it is primarily a maritime service and is not generally considered part of the GMSS.
In 1996, the ITU introduced country code +881 for direct international dialing of phones on a GMSS provider. (
Inmarsathad already been allocated country codes +870 - +874.) The next digit following the country code is allocated (two at a time) to a particular GMSS carrier:
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