LightSquared Says It Has Another GPS Antenna Fix
LightSquared today announced that it has developed a new antenna in cooperation with PCTEL that can be retrofitted onto high-precision GPS equipment and used to alleviate interference concerns with LightSquared's planned Long Term Evolution 4G network. LightSquared has announced similar antenna solutions with Javad GNSS and Patron America. LightSquared believes it is the GPS industry's responsibility to bear the cost of retrofitting their equipment, as LightSquared alleges that the GPS industry is improperly using its own spectrum and is the underlying cause for the interference issues. LightSquared is awaiting a final decision from the Federal Communications Commission on whether or not it can operate its planned nationwide LTE network, pending a resolution to the interference concerns.
Qualcomm Says First MulteFire Connection a Success
Qualcomm today said it made the world's first over-the-air connection using MulteFire. MulteFire is a new, more advanced version of LTE that uses a technology called listen-before-talk (LBT) to operate on unlicensed spectrum.
AT&T Wants LTE-U Opponents to Agree to Play Fair
Joan Marsh, AT&T's vice president of federal and regulatory affairs, today prosed that the FCC use existing rules to help organizations on opposite sides of the LTE-U debate find some middle ground. LTE-U is the use of LTE services over unlicensed spectrum, or WiFi frequencies.
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.
WeBoost, SureCall Roll Out In-Home Signal Boosters
WeBoost and SureCall both used CES as an opportunity to show off new cell signal boosters. Both products work in a similar fashion: they collect cell signals from nearby cell towers, amplify them, and rebroadcast them within the home to improve coverage and signal strength.
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.