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Lightsquared CEO GPS interference now only affects 1/1000th%

Today in an interview on C-Span’s Communicators series, Lightsquared CEO Sanjav Ahuja stated that out of the 400 million GPS receivers on the market only about 500,000 will still be affected.  Between changes they have made in terms of spectrum use and a newly identified GPS receiver – the only devices that will be affected now are used in construction, agriculture, and for surveying. Cell phones and consumer navigation devices no longer will be affected.

Many people had felt that the solution would take upwards of ten years and cost in the high billion dollar range.  Mr Ahuja estimated that the US government has between 30,000 and 50,000 of the affected receivers and Lightsquared has proposed $50 million dollars towards retrofitting or replacing them.

During the interview he was asked if Lightsquared was being singled out by the big carriers he said that as wholesalers they are not interested in controlling what the consumer is doing.  Instead of controlling which apps people use or if VOIP will be allowed. About Lightsquared

“Ours is an absolutely open network. We encourage people to run voice Over IP. We encourage you to run video. your prices as a consumer…should drop $30, $40, $50, $70 a month. That is straight money in your pocket. So, anytime you try to do a disruption in an industry, established players are uncomfortable. But that is expected,” said Ahuja.

Currently Lightsquared has inked deals with 17 companies (including Sprint as well as Best Buy) all of whom would theoretically be national MVNOs’.  Mr Ahuja stated he could envision as many as 100 companies might sign on and by doing so the incumbents, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, would find themselves in a position of REAL COMPETITION (emphasis mine).

If this happens to be the case – could we see AT&T gain some unexpected support from the DOJ? Could Sprint find themselves a very distant third (yet with Lightsquared in their corner)?  The FCC granted a conditional waiver to run a traditional LTE (terrestrial network) but has yet to decide whether the conditions have been met regarding GPS interference.

Source: C-Span via multichannel


T-Mobile VP Backs AT&T Merger

Well of course they do!

T-Mobile’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Tom Sugrue, has publicly backed the proposed merger of AT&T and T-Mobile. Well that’s his job. Other than that though he has made some remarks that are directly from the bullet points of the merger information sheets. Sugrue has said that “the facts will prevail” and that the merger will lead to more innovation and enhanced competition.

T-Mobile customers and fans are hoping that the T-Mobile merger doesn’t go through. Sprint is also hoping for the same.  As for those T-Mobile loyalists, they cite the fact that T-Mobile has always stood for innovation.


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FCC Receives 2 Letters Backing Up The AT&T/T-Mobile Merger

Both the National Grange and the National Puerto Rican Coalition are asking the FCC to approve the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

According to the National Grange,the merger would be beneficial and make for additional investments in wireless and broadband for rural areas. This would provide rural communities with reliable access to modern wireless communication technology. (more…)