LightSquared Signs New Wholesale Partner Despite Issues
Though recent tests have proven that LightSquared's proposed use of L-Band spectrum to deploy a Long Term Evolution network would knock out GPS systems, LightSquared today announced that it has signed a new wholesale partner. The company struck a multi-year deal with netTALK, which will resell its own branded voice and data services using LightSquared's LTE network. Terms of the deal between LightSquared and netTALK were not disclosed. LightSquared is due to submit a report to the Federal Communications Commission this week regarding the GPS interference issues. It has already suggested one potential work-around, but has seen increased opposition in recent weeks from governmental agencies and private and public companies that believe the interference problem is insurmountable.
U.S. Cellular Scores First LTE Roaming Deal
U.S. Cellular recently revealed that it has forged its first LTE roaming partnership, and customers will reap the benefits in two to three months.
Qualcomm Signs Patent-Licensing Deal with Lenovo
Qualcomm today said it has signed a new patent licensing agreement with Lenovo, which will use Qualcomm's 3G and 4G wireless technology in future mobile devices. The patents will appear in both Lenovo- and Motorola-branded devices and cover technologies specific to the China market.
FCC Gives Verizon and Qualcomm Permission to Test LTE-U
The FCC is allowing Verizon and Qualcomm to move forward with limited tests of LTE in unlicensed spectrum bands generally reserved for WiFi. Specifically, the companies are being allowed to perform small-scale tests at two Verizon facilities, one in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the other in Raleigh, N.C.
AT&T Trudges Forward with 700MHz Interoperability
AT&T recently told the FCC where it stands with respect to interoperability in the 700MHz band and said it is making good progress. At issue is phones' abilities to roam between several different bands within the 700MHz A Block slice of airwaves, specifically Band 17 and Band 12.
Verizon Picks Up XO's Fiber Network to Beef Up Backhaul
Verizon Communications today said it has agreed to acquire XO Communications' fiber business for $1.8 billion. The deal, says Verizon, will help it serve its enterprise and wholesale customers, as well as allow Verizon to further densify its cellular network.