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.
Nokia and Xiaomi Sign Patent Agreement
Nokia today said it has signed an agreement with Xiaomi that will see the companies collaborate in a number of different ways. Nokia will provide Xiaomi with network infrastructure equipment and the companies will work together on optical transport solutions for connecting data centers.
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.
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.