Wednesday, September 21, 2011

LightSquared To Solve Its GPS Issue And Bring Wireless Competition

LightSquared wants to bring new competition into the broadband space. The concern is that their wireless platform is on a frequency that competes with GPS devices. But they now think they have a solution. "LightSquared, which is building a nationwide 4G LTE wireless broadband network using spectrum that is adjacent to the spectrum GPS device makers use, said it has developed receivers with GPS device manufacturer Javad GNSS that will eliminate concerns that the GPS community has brought forth regarding how its service would interfere with precision GPS devices."

It could add another competitor into a not so crowded wireless world offering connectivity and content to mobile devices. Could this new broadband spectrum be used to compete with cable, encouraging cord cutting for IPTV? Could it be a less expensive alternative to Verizon and AT&T? "LightSquared is building its nationwide wireless broadband network to sell capacity to other service providers, as well as retailers looking to offer wireless broadband service. The company has already signed partnerships with companies, such as Leap Wireless and Best Buy." The possibilities are there. LightSquared has the potential to bring more competition into the broadband landscape.

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