LightSquared Blames GPS Industry for Interference in Report
LightSquared today filed a report with the Federal Communications Commission regarding its planned Long Term Evolution network and the interference issues it has experienced with GPS systems. In the report, LightSquared accuses the GPS industry of being at fault. It said, "The interference is caused by the GPS device manufacturer’s decision over the last eight years to design products that depend on using spectrum assigned to other FCC licensees." Further, LightSquared said, "GPS device manufacturers have been largely uninterested in finding a win-win solution. Rather, their only answer to a problem of their own making is to demand that the government simply block LightSquared from using the company's own spectrum to roll out the first wholesale-only wireless broadband network for the entire nation. This is a problem that the GPS industry could have avoided by equipping their devices over the last several years with filters that cost as little as five cents each." LightSquared also accused the GPS industry of "piggybacking" off the government's GPS system in what amounts to an $18 billion subsidy. LightSquared has been at odds with the GPS industry since the FCC gave it permission to use its L-Band spectrum for the terrestrial LTE network. Despite laying the blame on the GPS industry's doorstep, LightSquared says its plan to use a lower block of spectrum and reduce the power output of its towers will solve 99.5% of the interference issues. LightSquared says it still needs the cooperation of the GPS industry to move forward. LightSquared didn't immediately spell out how it plans to resolve interference problems reported by the Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Defense.
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.
T-Mobile Implores FCC to Set Aside More Low-Band Spectrum
T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray filed a letter with the FCC asking it to raise the amount of spectrum set aside for competitive carriers in the forthcoming 600MHz reverse auction. The FCC has already agreed to reserve 30MHz of spectrum for carriers other than AT&T and Verizon.
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.
Queens Man Cited by FCC for Interfering with Sprint's Network
The FCC has filed a citation against a Queens, New York, man for operating equipment in the 1900MHz band that is interfering with Sprint's network. Sprint filed a complaint about interference issues on March 10.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
When all else fails...
...blame everyone else.
Yep. Must have taken a cue from Sprint.
Remind's me of...