There is another player in the game of 4G networking that is going to be providing long-term evolution (LTE) technology, and they’re promising to bring more to the table. LightSquared, a new 4G wireless broadband network from Nokia Siemens, is undertaking a project that they claim will provide 4G service to 92% of the U.S. by the end of 2015.
LightSquared is a new company with a not-so-new concept. They are creating a new network to provide LTE across the nation. This should sound familiar, because Clearwire already did it with WiMax. They differ, however, in their service projections. Clear, whose majority shareholder is Sprint, is selling Clear’s 4G service through dealers, but they’re patenting their name on all of their products. LightSquared, on the other hand, doesn’t plan on doing that. They are going to sell their bandwidth for other companies to market; any company can market and sell LightSquared service.
LightSquared has already signed on some of the best companies in their respective fields. Siterra, a web-based software provider, will provide Siterra+ to manage the operation and maintenance of the new wireless network system. Marketwire, a top quality equipment manufacturer, has made a deal with LightSquared that will make them the sole marketers of smart grid applications and various utility markets on LightSquared’s spectrum.
The Federal Communications Center, aka the FCC, is really the only authority that could stop them, and they haven’t. In fact, they are welcoming them into the 4G playing field with open arms, readily giving them the 1.4 Ghz frequency. FCC Chair Julius Genachowski has given them his blessing, saying, “Today’s announcement shows that FCC policies are helping grow the U.S. economy by catalyzing investment and job creation.” Oh, don’t worry, he’s telling the truth. Investing $7 billion into a wireless network and providing as many as 100,000 jobs is something a government agency has the right to be proud of in this awful economy. Unfortunately, not many government agencies have this right. Telecommunications is one of the few growing fields in our current, unstable economy.
So, what exactly does LightSquared have planned? Well, by the end of the year they plan on launching their satellite into orbit. And there are an estimated 40,000 cell towers being put up in the next 5 years. Their 4G wireless network is going to be set up by next summer to be … Read the rest