A summary of testing conducted between conducted Oct. 31 and Nov. 4 is reported to show that "millions of fielded GPS units are not compatible" with the planned nationwide wholesale Long Term Evolution (LTE) service, according to a draft seen by Bloomberg.
LightSquared struck back at what it called "the premature disclosure of this raw data" ahead of a government meeting about the network next week. "We are confident that a complete review of all the government data by respected industry experts will demonstrate that the overwhelming majority of devices tested exceeded the established standards and support LightSquared's network," said LightSquared's executive VP of ecosystem development and satellite business, Martin Harriman, in a statement Friday.
Harriman said the 75 percent result could only be the product of "deliberately ignoring" LightSquared's proposed reduction in transmit power:
- By ignoring this commitment by LightSquared, this conclusion is erroneously based on estimated power levels that are up to 15 times the levels guaranteed by LightSquared. It is important for the public to understand the purposeful manipulation at hand here: The NTIA, not the leakers of this raw data, will make the final determination about how many devices passed or failed. And that assessment has not yet been made.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile