LightSquared and Sprint reach 15 year deal to provide LTE service to the carrier

Bloomberg has obtained a letter revealing that LightSquared and Sprint have agreed to a 15 year deal under which the latter will receive LTE 4G service from LightSquared; the value of the deal is estimated to be $20 billion...
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33. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

@cheeseycheeser lightsquared said they already have a solution that is supposed to be revealed in the July report.

7. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Cheesy dont upset him he's having his moment. Your just a sprite hater although I prefer 7 up as well don't tell superandriod

25. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol Good one!

8. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

So if tmo gets bought bought by att, and all 3 have lte, not to mention regional and small carriers like metropcs, I really hope someawrsome roaming agreements between the three come out. If so this county could actually have 100% lte coverage, not with one carrier, and maybe not including Alaska, but we may have the luxury of going almost anywhere else in the us and never drop service.

9. Wowe1234 unregistered

2012-2017 Sprint has the pay out an average or 2 billion a year in debt. I'm sure sprint doesn't want to do this but they need the money. I personally feel that its only uphill for sprint. With the reallocation of the SMR freq coming and extra funds; they will probably be able to muster enough money to join in the next 120 mhz broadband auction. They will also save about 5 billion in the following years after project Leapfrog is finished(less towers needed, better pipeline, freq being used better). Overall, I like sprint as an investment and I have put my money where my mouth is....

10. Wowe1234 unregistered

It sound like Sprint will have almost 100% voice coverage in the next few years with the satellite coverage the rural areas with its low bean signal. There will just be a problem transitioning between towers and satellite connection.

35. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

If they keep thier voice over CDMA which allows connections to multiple access it is concevable that they could intersperse packets from satelites with packets from cell towers, just from another source. Unlike TDMA and FDMA which would be more problematic. TDMA would be messed up when interspersing data from satellite due to the time delay. FDMA would be problematic since inherently it uses a specific frequencey range. Either way it would most likley need to have both radios integrated on one chip [and who is going to bother producing that when there would be so few buyers?

11. Wowe1234 unregistered

Lightsqaured should use it lower L 1525-1545 for the LTE towers which is far enought away from GPS and upper L 1546-1559 for satellite which won't interfere with GPS if its a low beam from a satellite.

13. snowgator

Posts: 3614; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

We are getting into an area where I know little to nothing. As a huge Sprint supporter who is in a rural area with Sprint 3G, I cannot give them my money due to their indoor reception being very weak. Will this help?

15. Allday28

Posts: 327; Member since: Nov 19, 2010

So I bet that means there wimax phones wont be able to pick up the LTE. What a waste!

16. MpowerSkills

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 19, 2011

Here's a dumb question. LTE seems to be what many companies are switching to, does that mean any LTE enabled phone will work on any LTE network as long as a SIM card or something is changed?

19. Wowe1234 unregistered

No. Not only will most LTE only work for the frequencies that the host company offers but so far LTE radios in phones are only being designed to work in the band class for the host(Verizon, At&t). Example: Verizon class 13.

22. Nunya unregistered

Can't u ppl read, it also says that Sprint is working on a similar deal with CLEARWIRE to extend their Wimax coverage. DUH :P

39. bigb unregistered

Clearwire is rumored to be switching to LTE. If they have a deal with both providers and the phones can connect with towers from both Clearwire and LightSquared, Sprint could have a pretty large area of LTE coverage I would imagine. Im just speculating though

27. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Oooo! Better think twice before buying the wimax enabled HTC EVO 3D or the Upcoming Moto Photon 4G. Before you know it it will be dropped like IDEN devices.

30. von unregistered

correct me if I'm wrong but i thought it was possible for sprint to use dual-radios thus making phones capable of running both wimax and lte

31. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

it would be expensive to manufacture and to run 2 separate networks.

41. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

incorrect, there would be some cost, but not much: 1) add LTE to network:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sprint-looking-into -an-LTE-future_id16895 2) already consolidating existing spectrum equipment:http://www.phonearena.com/news/Sprint-announces-Ne twork-Vision---a-5-billion-project-to-overhaul-its -network_id15115 3)Clearwire and LightSquared will be partnering in sharing the costs.

48. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

But what would be the point of running two different Technologies? LTE can easily cover wimax footprint and do more, and sprint would be saving money. Plus LTE is faster.

49. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

1 would probably be because they're still under contract. 2 is the fact that WiMAX has a broader coverage, so if Sprint decided to run LTE and WiMAX on the same towers, LTE will not cover as much as WiMAX but will be able to penetrate buildings. 3 LTE is not "faster", you're only believing it's faster because of what Verizon's LTE has to offer compared to Sprint's WiMAX.

53. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

And WiMax is still prevalent in other markets, so worl phones and economies of scale come into play when making phones for different markets.

36. AnnDroid unregistered

I'll give up the speed increase with LTE if it interferes with GPS. That said, I live in an area that I doubt I'll ever see 4G speeds, we just got 3G.

42. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Sorry to hear that! I am thinking of dropping my landline ISP when I get 4G...

43. JustAthought unregistered

I decided to join up with Sprint. My Verizon bill is out of control, and I think I am just over the stress of VZW. I will probably miss the Veizon service, but honestly with tiered data coming in soon and a lack of phones I want on Verizon. I think Sprint is worth a shot. Hopefully in my travels I won't regret the choice.

52. Slammer

Posts: 1515; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

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