LightSquared may seek extension on GPS report

The LTE-satellite carrier is due to report Wednesday on interference tests

LightSquared said it may ask for another two weeks to compile a report on possible interference between its planned cellular network and the GPS system, as a Wednesday deadline for the report loomed.

As a condition for approval of the carrier's plan for a combined satellite and LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission required that LightSquared form a working group with partners from the Global Positioning System industry to test interference and propose ways to mitigate it. The group's final report was due Wednesday but had not appeared as the end of the business day in Washington, D.C., neared.

Late Wednesday afternoon, there was still information coming in for use in the report, according to LightSquared spokesman Chris Stern.

"It's a lot to digest, and we want to do this right," Stern said, explaining the possible request to the FCC for an extension until July 1. He did not rule out the possibility that the report would be released after business hours on Wednesday.

Following the FCC's requirements, LightSquared formed a Technical Working Group to devise and carry out test plans for GPS interference. The group has been issuing monthly reports since March 15 and was due to release its final report on Wednesday.

LightSquared's plan is to combine satellite and LTE into a mobile data network that is available in remote regions of the U.S. and offers higher speeds in metropolitan areas. But some of the frequencies it plans to use for LTE are next to spectrum already allocated for signals between GPS satellites and the devices that use them, including mobile phones and vehicle navigation systems.

Some agencies have already outlined the results from tests conducted with LightSquared. They showed that interference was significant in many cases, raising the spectre of aircraft losing GPS capability across much of the Northeastern U.S., and public safety, U.S. Coast Guard, scientific and consumer GPS systems losing some or all coverage in the vicinity of LightSquared LTE towers.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags telecommunicationconsumer electronicssatelliteLightSquaredGPSU.S. Federal Communications Commissionmobile

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Stephen Lawson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?