LightSquared Outlines Plan to Fix GPS Interference Issues
LightSquared today released details of a plan it says will help it circumvent the GPS interference problems that a number of tests have concluded its planned network creates. LightSquared explained that it hoped to use a specific 10MHz block of spectrum in the L-Band for its Long Term Evolution network. It found that operating its network in this band did in fact interfere with GPS receivers. LightSquared has access to a second 10MHz block lower in the L-Band spectrum that it was planning to hold in reserve for when its business outgrew the first 10MHz block. Instead, it will use this second 10MHz block, which it says poses a lower threat to GPS systems, for its initial network launch. It will also dial down the power used in its base station transmitters by 50%, which it says provides another level of protection to GPS systems. As it stands, Inmarsat uses a part of the lower 10MHz band that LightSquared needs, and it has secured permission from Inmarsat to use that spectrum earlier than originally planned. LightSquared will also work with the FCC and other bodies to resolve the GPS issues caused in the upper 10MHz block. The company is due to turn in the results of initial GPS interference testing to the FCC on July 1.
FCC Proposes Spectrum Screen Changes
The Federal Communications Commission today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that will see changes made to how it uses spectrum screens to weigh spectrum auctions and sales. The FCC wants to see low- and high-band spectrum put to use more evenly around the country by a wider range of companies.
FCC Lays Out Rules for AWS-3 Spectrum Auction
The FCC has published the rules regarding Auction 97, which will see 1,614 spectrum licenses sold by the government to wireless network operators. The auction will start November 13, with a trial auction scheduled for November 10.
FCC Approves AT&T Spectrum Purchase from Kaplan
The FCC has given Kaplan Telephone Inc. permission to sell several spectrum licenses to AT&T.
AT&T Hopes to Score Spectrum from Cellular Properties
AT&T recently filed paperwork with the FCC seeking permission to buy some Cellular A Block and microwave point-to-point spectrum from Cellular Properties Inc. The spectrum in question covers 11 counties and parts of two Cellular Market Areas in Illinois.
FCC Gives KanOkla Permission to Sell Spectrum to AT&T
The FCC has approved AT&T's proposed acquisition of several spectrum licenses from KanOkla Telephone Association. The transfer includes one Lower 700 MHz C Block license and the partial assignment of a second Lower 700 MHz C Block license, for a total of 12 megahertz, covering parts of two local market areas in Kansas and Oklahoma.