Watch out Verizon: LightSquared’s LTE-based 4G network adds backing

LightSquared this week announced Nokia will develop devices for the network and Qualcomm will provide chips for such devices

LightSquared, the billionaire-backed upstart building an LTE-based 4G network across the United States, this week announced Nokia will develop devices for the network and Qualcomm will provide chips for such devices.

LightSquared, which plans to start rolling out its wholesale network services by late next year, is gunning for a market also being pursued aggressively by AT&T, Sprint and Verizon, which on Wednesday said its LTE network will go online in 38 U.S. markets by year-end. LightSquared expects to cover at least 92% percent of people in the U.S. with its satellite- and terrestrial-based wireless network by 2015. The company says it has signed its first wholesale agreements, though didn’t share details.

Networking's Greatest Arguments: LTE vs. WiMAX

Nokia Siemens Networks is building the hybrid network, and Nokia itself Thursday said it has agreed to build data-centric products for the network. LightSquared has said data cards, personal hotspots and routers will be among the first devices to roll out for its network, followed by smartphones and other devices.

Qualcomm has also jumped on the LightSquared bandwagon, agreeing to integrate L-Band LTE technology in its chipset roadmap and provide satellite-mode technology for devices built on its chipsets, such as the MDM9600.

LightSquared is backed financially by Harbinger Capital Partners, which earlier this year acquired satellite phone service provider SkyTerra. Harbinger was started in 2001 by billionaire Philip Falcone. LightSquared announced this week it has closed on $850 million of debt, bringing its total to more than $2 billion in equity, debt proceeds and commitments.

Read more about anti-malware in Network World's Anti-malware section.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags NokiawirelessNetworkingqualcommsiemensat&tNokia Siemens Networks3G & 4GLightSquared

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

Bob Brown

Network World
Show Comments

Essentials

Brother MFC-L3745CDW Colour Laser Multifunction

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?