Sharp will develop smartphones and tablets that use the lower end of the L-Band spectrum, which can be offered to consumers by LightSquared’s partners, including carriers, wireline providers and retailers. The would-be 4G provider is currently awaiting a decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on the GPS issues that have plagued its network plans this year. (See LightSquared Anticipates Close to 100 Customers and LightSquared Claims High-Precision GPS Fix.)
LightSquared says that the smartphones will complement its portfolio of USB modems and embedded modules. It plans to show off the first of these offerings at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications show in San Diego next week.
Why this matters This is the first specific smartphone and tablet deal that LightSquared has inked for its network. In October 2010, the Reston, Va.-based operator said that Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) will develop "data-centric" devices for its network, while AnyDATA Corp. and BandRich Inc. are working on modems and modules.
For more Bone up on LightSquared's device plans:
- LiTE Bites: LightSquared's 12 & AT&T in Chicago
- LightSquared's First Device: SuperMiFi
- LightSquared Names LTE Suppliers
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile