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 Sets Draft Rules for 600MHz Incentive Auction
The Federal Communications Commission today adopted draft rules that will eventually govern the Broadcast Television Incentive Auction. The auction, planned for mid-2015, will offer television broadcasters the opportunity to sell their airwaves back to the federal government, which will then be auctioned off to wireless network operators for mobile broadband.
Timex Debuts Smartwatch with Mirasol Display
Timex recently unveiled the Ironman One GPS+, a connected watch for athletes. The stand-out feature of the One GPS+ is its touch display.
CTIA Believes FCC's Power Should Be Kept In Check
The CTIA Wireless Association recently recommended to congress that it limit the powers of the Federal Communications Commission to regulate the wireless industry. The comments come in response to a white paper published by the House Committee On Energy and Commerce earlier this year.
When all else fails...
...blame everyone else.
Yep. Must have taken a cue from Sprint.
Remind's me of...