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December 12, 2011

Interoperability of LightSquared's GPS Devices Proves Beneficial for Communications Provider PNG

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor

The successful completion of interoperability testing has proven that multiple high-precision receivers, including Javad GNSS, are now fully compatible with LightSquared's (News - Alert) network. What effect does this have on the overall communications provider market? At a time when there is a surge in demand for the company’s network, users are looking for a company like LightSquared for a cost-effective solution that delivers high quality wireless connectivity all over the world.

LightSquared is a nationwide 4G-LTE (News - Alert) open wireless broadband network that uses its unique integration of satellite and terrestrial technology to revolutionize wireless communications in the United States. As the country's first wholesale-only wireless broadband network, LightSquared will provide broadband wireless capacity to a diverse group of partners, including retailers; wireline and wireless communication service providers; cable operators; device manufacturers; web players; content providers and many others.

Due to the fact that it is vital that LightSquared's service remains ahead of competition in the future, the company has worked alongside an independent lab to test the GPS interference solutions developed by three companies including Javad GNSS, PCTel and Partron, according to a press release. In addition, three other GPS manufacturers have also recently created solutions that have successfully passed a battery of tests at the lab.

"Preliminary results show that GPS devices tested in the lab easily surpass performance standards thanks to these newly developed solutions. We are confident that this independent testing will mirror testing being done by the federal government," said LightSquared chairman and CEO, Sanjiv Ahuja (News - Alert), in a statement.

Due to the test results, the release revealed that officials are requesting that federal agencies approve LightSquared's network so that consumers, public safety workers and rural America can see the many advantages of utilizing the network. These benefits include the capacity to support the explosive demand for mobile data generated by new technology, consumer devices, and mobile applications.

While other providers are limited to offering wireless and mobile broadband services to customers strictly via cell phone towers or limited satellite connections, through integrating a national LTE network with ubiquitous satellite coverage, LightSquared will not only offer its partners a new wholesale revenue platform, but will also provide end-users with a reliable and fast experience, regardless of where they are in the United States.

The company has already acquired over thirty wholesale customers, including communications provider PowerNet Global (News - Alert) which will give the company the opportunity to enter the wireless marketplace and have a fair chance at winning business (only a few national carriers have an extremely dominant hold on this space currently). Through this partnership, LightSquared will allow PNG to offer lower prices, innovative product offerings, and expanded capacity to not only current markets, but also to rural and underserved markets that are in dire need of these types of services.

"LightSquared's network allows PowerNet Global to compete in a way that is simply out- of-reach for most small and medium-sized telecommunications companies today. Companies our size simply can't afford to build our own network," Bernie Stevens, president and CEO, PowerNet Global, concluded in a statement. "With LightSquared, we can compete and grow in ways never before possible."

Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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