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Duramax08
To The Moon
Premium
join:2008-08-03
San Antonio, TX

Satellites?

Im havent heard of this lightsquared that much, But the article menitons satellites. How does this work? Wont this have really bad latency?



Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39

My understanding is it's simply for the voice component in some rural markets. Satellite integration was required as part of conditions attached to the spectrum Lightsquared is using, though they recently got some FCC leniency on those requirements I'm still reading through...


bugabuga

join:2004-06-10
Austin, TX
reply to Duramax08

As far as I remember their plan was to use satellite link for hard-to-reach rural places, where getting fiber to the tower is impossible.
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WHT

join:2010-03-26
Rosston, TX
kudos:5
reply to Karl Bode

said by Karl Bode:

My understanding is it's simply for the voice component in some rural markets.

Which rules it out for low latency internet access. Lightsquared's salient selling point is to eliminate the need for terrestrial upstream backhauls (PtP microwave or fiber) from the tower sites.


MEohME

@wideopenwest.com

they don't have to totally use the sat for Internet. They can easily create a LTE network for that just as Clear does using a home base modem.



MEohME

@wideopenwest.com
reply to WHT

that can be done by using LTE @home stations/modems like Clear. They could also route Voice over LTE/IP and be done with it. the voice on sat could be a back-up especially otherwise there will be a noticeable delay in just using a dish for voice.