Lightsquared's Satellite System Is A-OK
Lightsquared recently announced that the SkyTerra 1 satellite that it launched in November 2010 has passed the initial batch of testing by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. Boeing has finished integrating the satellite’s communications systems with the ground segment to fully connect Lightsquared's wireless broadband and satellite network. Lightsquared plans to launch later this year a Long Term Evolution network in order to provide wholesale mobile broadband. With this satellite and ground-based systems together, Lightsquared will cover 90% of the continental U.S. by 2015.
Garmin inReach Brings Satellite Messaging to Your Phone
Garmin this week announced its inReach series of satellite communicators. These standalone handheld devices can also be paired with any Android, iOS or Windows 10 smartphone to provide satellite-based text messaging and GPS mapping on your phone even where there is no cellular coverage.
FCC Chair Floats 3.5GHz Sharing Proposal
The FCC is moving forward with plans to free up a portion of the 3.5GHz band for wireless broadband use. The agency has been exploring the idea of sharing the airwaves with the incumbent users, including the military, and wants to make 150MHz of the spectrum available for wireless purposes.
Google Sharpens Imagery In Maps and Earth
Google today said it has updated the satellite images in Google Maps and Google Earth with much higher-resolution pictures. The company put to use imagery captured by the Landsat 8 satellite, which launched in 2013, to improve the clarity, color, and resolution.
FCC Officially Approves AT&T/DirecTV Acquisition
The FCC today gave formal approval to AT&T's proposed acquisition of satellite TV provider DirecTV. The FCC believes that as long as AT&T adheres to the conditions of the deal, it will serve the broader public interest.
Verizon Plans to Use 5G for Residential Broadband In 2018
Verizon Wireless today said it will launch 5G service next year in up to five markets around the country. Rather than provide wireless service, however, the 5G will be offered to residential customers as an alternative to copper or fiber for in-home broadband.