LightSquared Signs AirTouch Communications
LightSquared today announced that it has signed AirTouch Communications, which LightSquared says is the first hardware company to use the LightSquared network to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). AirTouch will combine access to LightSquared's network with its own hardware to offer broadband-connected devices to its customers. LightSquared has signed more than a dozen other partners, which will use LightSquared's network on a wholesale basis to provide their own wireless services.
Charter Joins Comcast with Plans to Launch Wireless
Charter Communications followed Comcast's lead this week and also disclosed plans to offer wireless service in the future. Charter's offering will mirror that of Comcast's.
Republic Wireless MVNO to Add GSM-Based Service
Republic Wireless, an MVNO that operates on Sprint's network, says it has signed a deal with a GSM-based carrier and will expand service with a GSM smartphone later this year. Republic's SVP of sales Lon France told Fierce Wireless the device will be a high-end Motorola handset, though he didn't name the exact model nor the new carrier partner (likely T-Mobile).
Verizon, Samsung Offer Small Cell for Improved In-Home Coverage
Verizon Wireless today announced the 4G LTE Network Extender for homes and small businesses. The small box provides LTE coverage in buildings up to about 7,500 square feet, including services such as HD Voice and high-speed data.
Comcast to Launch Mobile Phone Service Mid-Year
Comcast intends to sell wireless service alongside its internet, TV, and home phone offerings later this year. Comcast has not built its own wireless network; rather, it is making good on a reseller agreement it signed with Verizon Wireless back in 2012.
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.
AirTouch Communications? This is a scam.
I'm going to go out on a limb and do Phonescoop a favor by editorializing that this is clearly a scam (think Zer01) to prop up LightSquared's legitimacy when in reality it is a ponzi scheme. LightSquared is signing up BS investment partners to prop up their own worth in order to sign IOU's to early investors. I question even if they own the brand name, which has long been ditched since the Verizon merger (they say they have it under license but I bet when this fails they won't have paid a dime) , but even if they do this is purely a BS press release.
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I doubt any of these contracts have upfront costs anyway. Th...