Sprint to give LightSquared another month to get FCC approval
0. phoneArena 02 Jan 2012, 15:27 posted on
Sprint has given LightSquared a 30 day extension to get FCC approval for its LTE network, which doesn't play well with many commercial GPS devices...
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1. Jyakotu (Posts: 813; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)
If LightSquared doesn't get approved, then what will become of Sprint's vision of an LTE network.? Also, would it an option for Sprint to just upgrade their WiMax network to WiMax 2 if this doesn't work out.?
3. skymitch89 (Posts: 969; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
I don't see why Sprint is dealing with LightSquared for LTE. Clearwire, of which Sprint owns/controls the majority of, is starting to deploy it's LTE network, so I don't get why Sprint just doesn't use Clearwire to deploy LTE.
4. Gdrye (Posts: 91; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
it would be unwise for sprint to keep any sort of wimax, the #1 reason is the 20 billion dollars worth of iphone they bought..Apple wont make a wimax only for sprint while AT&T and Verizon will get LTE versions of the phone. plus with clearwire already on the LTE train wimax for sprint is as good as dead. Dont forget sprint LTE network is their own, lightsquared was something to help sure up roaming and maybe a lil more
5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5153; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Sprint could give LightSquared 30 months and it wouldn't matter. The only way LightSquared solves the GPS signal interference issue is with a massive retro-fit of existing GPS receivers, which ain't gonna happen. Time for Sprint to move on to Plan B, whatever that is.
8. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)
This isn't true, the FCC ( who sells the spectrum to the cell phone provides ) can grant them a different spectrum to clear this problem if they so wish.
6. Carlitos (Posts: 238; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
So, if it doesnt happen for the next 30 dyas, what sprint invisioned as a "agressive LTE, roll out" would be destroyed. And they are ina 20 billion dollar deal, with apple for the iphone. So chances are that the next iphone will be LTE, and sprint wont have LTE available, and they will fall into a bigger debt.
Lol this kinda looks like a worse case scenario fill me in if anything else can happen ^
7. belovedson (Posts: 821; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
wait a minute how is verizon getting away with using their lte network? dont the share the network with lightsquared