Testing Shows LightSquared's Network Messes with GPS
A preliminary report has found that using L-Band spectrum, as LightSquared hopes to for its forthcoming Long Term Evolution network, does in fact interfere with neighboring GPS services. The findings spell trouble for LightSquared. In January, the Federal Communications Commission ruled that LightSquared could use its L-Band spectrum for terrestrial purposes if it could prove it wouldn't interfere with GPS systems. Public safety and other agencies in the test region of New Mexico indicated that their GPS systems were disabled and/or knocked out as far away as 20 miles from a single LightSquared tower. LightSquared wants to install more than 36,000 towers across the U.S. to deliver wholesale LTE broadband services. "LightSquared and GPS can and will be able to coexist peacefully," said Jeff Carlisle, LightSquared's executive vice president for regulatory affairs and public policy. "We're committed to identifying and resolving the issues through this process." The company is scheduled to deliver a final report to the FCC on the matter later this month. If the interference issues cannot be resolved, it puts LightSquared's business in jeopardy.
T-Mobile Talks Up Coverage Improvements, iPhone Deals
Sep 10, 2015
T-Mobile said it has doubled the number of square miles covered by its LTE network over the last year, according to a blog post written by CEO John Legere. T-Mobile is on track to blanket another 600,000 square miles of area with LTE by the end of the year.
FCC Puts Clear Line Between Mobile and Fixed Broadband
Jan 19, 2018
The FCC this week released its findings concerning the state of broadband in the U.S. and the news is mixed.
AT&T Wants LTE-U Opponents to Agree to Play Fair
Nov 12, 2015
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.
House Panel Says Stingrays Need Federal Guidelines
Dec 20, 2016
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a bipartisan panel, this week recommended that the federal government pass rules to manage the use stingrays and other cell-site simulating devices. The panel said in a report that law enforcement agencies have varying and inconsistent rules for the use of such devices.
Good-Bye Light Squared and...
This is more reason to understand that a carrier can't just waltz into this industry and perform a start up to compete against the top two. There is very little spectrum left and ATT wants to grab the last of it from T-mobile.
Those for this merge, gravely misunderstand the detrimental effects of it.