LTE wholesaler LightSquared is breathing a little easier today as its someday business partner Sprint has granted it a 30-day deadline extension. By that time, LightSquared hopes to finally have FCC approval to run its 4G LTE network in the US. Sprint announced the partnership last summer, but since then, GPS makers have been frighting back. They claim that LightSquared signals will interfere with nearly all available GPS receivers.
It’s been a long hard climb up the mountain for AT&T as it sought regulatory approval for its $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile USA. Well, it looks like AT&T will never see that mountaintop. The carrier has announced via press release that it is walking away from the deal in search of greener spectrum pastures. Though, Ma Bell did offer a parting swipe at the regulators that essentially killed the deal.
LightSquared has been in the news a lot in the past few months, but not for the reasons they probably would have liked. The company hopes to build a national 4G LTE network that they can charge cellular carriers to use. The only problem is that the bands used by LightSquared have been shown to interfere with GPS signals. After much hand-wringing, LightSquared now claims to have a fix ready.
It’s no secret that the wireless spectrum around us is filled with all manner of signals, some of which can interfere with each other. But Microsoft has been toying with ideas for using the “white space” spectrum for a number of years. Now Redmond is suggesting an ambitious plan to expand wireless connectivity. The project would be called, aptly, SpecNet.
According to the WiMax Forum, the number of WiMax networks that have been deployed in this spectrum around the world stands at 29. The first batch of 2.3GHz WiMax products is expected to be certified by the WiMax Forum in last quarter of 2009. The consortium foresees these products on the market in early part of 2010.
“Certification profiles for 2.3GHz also pave the way for WiMax Forum certified tri-band devices in 2010 which will increase the opportunities for true global roaming across networks in the 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5GHz spectrum bands which make up a global WiMax footprint today,” said the consortium’s acting president Mohammad Shakouri.