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New client for LightSquared as NetTalk joins the fold

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New client for LightSquared as NetTalk joins the fold
4G network wholesaler LightSquared added another customer after inking a pact with VoIP provider NetTalk. The latter is a company that offers low price phone service as a landline alternative. Although the exact terms of the pact are unknown, the deal gives NetTalk a 4G LTE network to resell to customers. Other companies that have signed with LighbtSquared to resell LTE service include Best Buy and Leap Wireless. As we reported, LightSquared and Sprint recently reached agreement on a 15 year deal that will give the nation's third largest carrier access to an LTE network to go along with the carrier's WiMaX 4G service.

LightSquared continues to run into opposition from those who claim that the wholesaler's technology interferes with GPS signals. On Tuesday, the group, the Coalition to Save Our GPS signed up more than a dozen new members including FedEx, ALPA, the NYFD and not surprisingly, Magellan GPS. The group is concerned about LightSquared's service causing interference with their GPS service. LightSquared has until July 1st to deliver a solution to the problem with the FCC. As we told you, the company said that it does have a way to get around the interference, although critics say that LightSquared's solution will not help solve the problem. Last week, before the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittees on Aviation and on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, calls for more testing of LightSquared's system were heard from witnesses and lawmakers.

LightSquared was originally given the LTE spectrum to help fill the gaps in service in metropolitan areas and provide 4G service in rural areas. The company uses a combination of ground based towers and satellites to broadcast its LTE service.

source: PCWorld

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