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LightSquared Gets a GPS Extension

Dan Jones
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Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

LightSquared has gotten a two-week extension to file its report on interference issues between its hybrid satellite and Long Term Evolution (LTE) network and GPS positioning services.

The GPS working group, which includes LightSquared and GPS industry and government representatives, now has until July 1 to pull together all the data from its network testing in Nevada. The report had originally been due on Wednesday, June 15.

The delay comes as concern and pressure about GPS service interference increases. "The working group results show devastating interference to GPS and no proven method of mitigation," said Jim Kirkland, VP and general counsel of Trimble (Nasdaq: TRMB), which is a founding member of the Coalition to Save Our GPS, in a statement Tuesday night.

Why this matters
The future of LightSquared's network likely hangs on the outcome of the GPS wrangling. The satellite positioning industry wants the FCC to find other spectrum for the LightSquared service. The FCC says it won't allow LightSquared to start service until the interference issues are cleared up, but notes that the GPS industry has known for years that an L-Band network was coming.

A group of wireless carriers and vendors, meanwhile, wrote to the FCC yesterday to say that a hybrid satellite and LTE network is the only way to push forward rural mobile broadband deployments quickly. (See LightSquared: Waiting on the GPS Word for all the details.)

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— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 5:01:44 PM
re: LightSquared Gets a GPS Extension

All of this leaves LightSquared less and less time to actually deploy a network (if that is ever allowed). I just don't see how they can make their deadlines right now.

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