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LightSquared to defend project in open letter in newspapers

John Ribeiro | Sept. 26, 2011
LightSquared said late Sunday that it planned to run the next day in major newspapers in the U.S. an open letter explaining its position over the controversy surrounding its LTE (long-term evolution) network.

LightSquared said Wednesday that it has an affordable solution to interference between its 4G network and GPS systems and will have working units available for tests planned by the U.S. government in the coming months. A company executive however estimated that the cost of the gear to prevent interference would likely range between $50 and $300 per device, and the company is in talks with the U.S. government about covering the cost of upgrading or replacing all federally-owned devices.

The January, 2011 conditional waiver by the FCC's International Bureau granted to LightSquared would allow the dramatic expansion of terrestrial use of the mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) immediately adjacent to the frequency band used by GPS receivers, said The Coalition to Save Our GPS, an industry group that opposes LightSquared's plan.

If LightSquared is allowed to proceed with its plans, low-power satellite-based GPS signals would receive massive interference from land-based high-power transmissions from LightSquared's planned network of 40,000 stations, it said in a study earlier this year.

Ahuja said that LightSquared's commitment to infuse $14 billion of private investment, without any government funding, will bring 75,000 jobs over the next five years.

 

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