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LightSquared's network interferes with GPS, according to the latest test

0. phoneArena posted on 01 Jun 2011, 15:38

LightSquared wants to set up 36,000 towers across the U.S. so that it can wholesale LTE service to carriers; testing shows that the company's service interferes with GPS service as far away as 20 miles from one of LightSquared's towers...

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posted on 01 Jun 2011, 16:00 2

1. Hello-dirt (Posts: 102; Member since: 02 May 2010)

I am still a little confused by LTE going forward. The airport in SLC asked Verizon to remove their LTE towers so that they no longer interfered with their signals. Has the problem(s) been resolved or are companies just trying to push a too powerful technology before it is ready to play nice with all the other signals out there?

posted on 01 Jun 2011, 16:35 1

2. bonesb (unregistered)

LS’s LTE radio frequency is close to that of the GPS radio frequency, however, the issue at hand is that LS’s tower’s much-closer presence to the earth is overpowering the weaker satellite-based GPS radio transmitters, while keeping in mind that LS’s strategy also includes satellite radio transmissions. VZW’s alleged conflict is an entirely different matter.

posted on 02 Jun 2011, 14:42

5. CTAPEEM (unregistered)

Darn... I was getting excited about this startup. It actually made sense - instead of having dozens of national networks, each costing billions of dollars to maintain and improve, one network will provide service and, in turn, save a lot of our money.
Perhaps, it's time for Sprint, or some smaller carrier, to come to the rescue of this thing and provide a different RF spectrum to LightSquared?

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