Testing Shows LightSquared's Network Messes with GPS
A preliminary report has found that using L-Band spectrum, as LightSquared hopes to for its forthcoming Long Term Evolution network, does in fact interfere with neighboring GPS services. The findings spell trouble for LightSquared. In January, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that LightSquared could use its L-Band spectrum for terrestrial purposes if it could prove it wouldn't interfere with GPS systems. Public safety and other agencies in the test region of New Mexico indicated that their GPS systems were disabled and/or knocked out as far away as 20 miles from a single LightSquared tower. LightSquared wants to install more than 36,000 towers across the U.S. to deliver wholesale LTE broadband services. "LightSquared and GPS can and will be able to coexist peacefully," said Jeff Carlisle, LightSquared's executive vice president for regulatory affairs and public policy. "We're committed to identifying and resolving the issues through this process." The company is scheduled to deliver a final report to the FCC on the matter later this month. If the interference issues cannot be resolved, it puts LightSquared's business in jeopardy.
AT&T Wants LTE-U Opponents to Agree to Play Fair
Joan Marsh, AT&T's vice president of federal and regulatory affairs, today prosed that the FCC use existing rules to help organizations on opposite sides of the LTE-U debate find some middle ground. LTE-U is the use of LTE services over unlicensed spectrum, or WiFi frequencies.
FCC Weighing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band.
Court: FCC Allowed to Manage Tower Siting Process
An appeals court sided with the FCC recently in a decision that upholds the agency's authority to accelerate the process of gaining local approval for cell towers. The U.S.
T-Mobile Rolling Out LTE-U
T-Mobile today said it is beginning to upgrade its 4G network with LTE-U this spring. LTE-U allows LTE to operate on the unlicensed spectrum in the 5 GHz band, which is typically reserved for WiFi.
AT&T Ditching its Band 71 Licenses
AT&T is selling $1 billion worth of recently-acquired radio spectrum licenses to an obscure Virginia company, according to documents filed recently with the FCC. The spectrum in question is all (or nearly all) of the 600 MHz (band 71) licenses that AT&T acquired in an FCC auction just one year ago.
Good-Bye Light Squared and...
This is more reason to understand that a carrier can't just waltz into this industry and perform a start up to compete against the top two. There is very little spectrum left and ATT wants to grab the last of it from T-mobile.
Those for this merge, gravely misunderstand the detrimental effects of it.