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LightSquared schemes spectrum swap

LightSquared schemes spectrum swap

This week the LightSquared group has received word from the FCC that they will not be able to use airwaves otherwise used by GPS signals, so today we're to understand that the group will be seeking to exchange its licenses for ones currently operated by the US Department of Defense. The LightSquared fourth generation mobile broadband service appears to be using this strategy to keep their otherwise shot-down company afloat as the FCC revokes their waiver allowing the network to operate.

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Lights out for LightSquared

Lights out for LightSquared

LightSquared is likely to run out of cash within a matter of months, analysts have predicted, after rejection of the company's LTE scheme leaves little room to renegotiate vast borrowing costs. The FCC ruled yesterday that the risk of GPS interference was simply too great to allow LightSquared's wireless broadband plans to go ahead, withdrawing its preliminary approval for a 4G network roll-out. Primary investor Harbinger Capital Partners has already seen around $1.5bn in investments wiped out after conceding a significant cut in value last year, and now, Bloomberg's sources claim, faces huge a 15-percent interest rate on an outstanding $190m loan.

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FCC protects “too big to fail” GPS from LightSquared interference

FCC protects “too big to fail” GPS from LightSquared interference

Today it appears that the FCC has laid down their final (or near-final) judgement of the LightSquared ruling, this judgement saying that because LightSquared's method for transmitting broadband internet interfered with GPS signals across the USA, they would not be allowed to operate. LightSquared has of course again contested the ruling saying that the testing done by the FCC was "severely flawed" and that they "profoundly disagree" with the results, equating the GPS market with "too big to fail" companies of early 2011 - bailout-receivers like the auto industry here in the USA.

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LightSquared claims FCC GPS interference Bogus

LightSquared claims FCC GPS interference Bogus

In recent weeks, the folks at LightSquared, pushers of ultra high-speed broadband internet for the future, have been under fire from the FCC as their signals seem to have been interfering with GPS in pre-tests. What's going on now is that LightSquared is saying that the results of these tests were rigged. LightSquared's own executive vice president Jeffrey Carlisle's most recent statement even used the word "bogus" to describe the tests at hand.

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LightSquared may be doomed, FCC casts doubt on new plans

LightSquared may be doomed, FCC casts doubt on new plans

I will admit to being a bit excited at the thought of LightSquared coming to market. Anyone who lives in an area with only one broadband provider offering only slow speeds at a high price would appreciate competition. One of the services that I was hoping would provide that competition is LightSquared. The company is on the ropes though.

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LightSquared petitions FCC affirm GPS has no right to protection

LightSquared petitions FCC affirm GPS has no right to protection

This past month the folks at LightSuared have had less than an awesome time dealing with the idea that their network had been accused of interfering with GPS receivers of all kinds, and this week after already having sent word out to the world that the whole thing was just a simple misunderstanding, they've petitioned the FCC directly to have them affirm their spectrum rights. LightSquared is currently looking into building a new national LTE network using frequencies that sit next to those generally devoted to GPS, and as their petition for declaratory ruling notes this week, they're living in peace, not bashing each other around. On the other hand, specifically what they're asking is that the FCC affirm that their rights to use the spectrum outweighs the fact that because GPS receivers are not licensed and do not operate inside service rules, they are not entitled to interference protection.

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LightSquared CEO denies GPS disruption, touts job creation with US government

LightSquared CEO denies GPS disruption, touts job creation with US government

Earlier this week week there were some pretty harsh accusations passed down regarding LightSquared and their GPS disruption in government tests - what we're hearing from the CEO of LightSquared today is that they're both baffled by the accusations and have done nothing but nice things for bunnies and kitties since they were born, basically. What mister Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of LightSquared, notes today is that not only have they had the legal and regulatory right to use their spectrum "for eight years over two administrations," they've found that the testing mentioned in the reports from earlier this month did not come from their own spectrum, but from from GPS devices looking into spectrum also licensed to LightSquared.

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LightSquared disrupted 75% of GPS devices in government tests

LightSquared disrupted 75% of GPS devices in government tests

We have been hearing about LightSquared for a while now, it's a 4G wireless internet connectivity service that uses spectrum that was previously reserved for use by Satellites. The satellite owners who use that spectrum had complained that the LightSquared service would interfere with their devices and make it difficult for GPS navigation many people rely on today.

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Sprint: 15 LTE phones, tablets & modems by end of 2012

Sprint: 15 LTE phones, tablets & modems by end of 2012

Sprint has promised that its first dual-mode CDMA/LTE phones will reach the market in the first half of 2012, with the expectation of 15 LTE-capable phones, tablets and data cards/modems/mobile hotspots on sale by the end of next year. The carrier confirmed its LTE plans earlier today, with the new devices set to run on a network Sprint expects to have operational in 2012, PC Mag's Sascha Segan reports.

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