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Lightsquared to Back Best Buy Connect

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Mar 23, 2011, 8:50 AM   by Eric M. Zeman
updated Mar 23, 2011, 11:06 AM

Updated: added last sentence.

Lightsquared today, speaking at the CTIA Wireless event, announced that Best Buy will resell Lightsquared's LTE services under the Best Buy Connect brand, the big box retailer's MVNO. Lightsquared is using satellite spectrum and other spectrum to build out a nationwide Long Term Evolution mobile broadband network. Earlier this week, it said that Cricket will use its LTE network in regions where it doesn't provide its own coverage. Lightsquared's business plan is to sell wholesale LTE capacity to service providers. Best Buy will begin trials on LightSquared's network in the first quarter of 2012.

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Mar 23, 2011, 9:21 AM

I was sure there was no more competition...

After the AT&T/T-Mobile merger I thought there would be no legitimate competition left in the market!?!?!?

What is this Lightsquared thing?

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They wholesale LTE to other companies. That has very little to do with them providing a national cell phone plan, considering you as a consumer can't directly buy from them currently, they sell to businesses.

Mar 23, 2011, 9:20 AM

Just curious...

Does Lightsquared even have an LTE network built out yet?
They are building it up right now, these guys are geniuses! They are using satellites to relay LTE signal to thousands of towers they build on the ground, successfully accomplishing what no one thought possible, a network that does not rely on back-en...
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