LightSquared Optimistic At One Year Anniversary
Despite Significant List of Problems and no Network
One year after the company's creation, LightSquared still doesn't have a working LTE wireless broadband network, financing remains uncertain, the company has a growing list of political opponents, and there's still the issue of significant unresolved GPS interference concerns
. Still, that didn't stop the company from celebrating the company's one year anniversary with cake and ice cream
. LightSquared Chief Executive Sanjiv Ahuja insists he's optimistic, and in fact is so optimistic about the FCC sticking to plans to grease LightSquared's market entry, he's got no backup plan should the FCC back away from promises made earlier this year
In fact, Ahuja is so confident he said that he isn't planning for the possibility that the FCC denies LightSquared the waiver when the decision comes out in September. "When you look at the testing and the technical data, there's no reason to believe that the decision should go against LightSquared," Ahuja said. LightSquared filed a proposal with the FCC last month that it claims will get around most of the concerns that the network would cripple farm equipment, navigation devices, and other gadgets with high-precision GPS receivers. The plan consisted of using a different swath of spectrum that is further away from the GPS signals, reducing the risk of interference. The GPS coalition blasted the plan, calling it insufficient.
According to government agencies, LightSquared's proposed plan to reduce interference really doesn't solve the problem, so a swath of this optimism appears to be constructed out of thin air. While Ahuja's remaining positive, he's also got telecom giants AT&T and Verizon likely lobbying overtime behind the scenes to make sure this network never gets built. Still, Ahuja insists the network will be up and running next year at this time, at which point he insists the game plan will be all about "blocking and tackling" and being an aggressive competitor.
Re: I Believe Him
said by n2jtx:I wouldn't say I have no doubt, but I do believe that unless it's made abundantly clear to the FCC that if they screw this up, heads will roll, I've little doubt they'll do the wrong thing.
I have no doubt that waiver will be forthcoming in September.
I hate to say it--hate to sound like some kind of left-wing, "liberal," "Government is in the pockets of Big Business" whacko (because I'm anything but a "liberal," for starters), but... well... by the way our government agencies have been behaving the last couple decades, in particular, that sure looks to be the case.
Look at all the environmental pollution issues. Where were the regulators? Look at the banking fiascos. Where were the regulators? Look at all the food and drug fiascos. Where've the regulators been? And now the FCC, one of whose primary reasons for existence is to prevent co-interference between services, is about the jeopardize GPS, regularly used by millions, many in critical functions, for the sake of LightSquared?
Broken. Our government is broken. Lousy with incompetents and crooks.
Re: I Believe Him
said by Tsume:It's the FCC's responsibility to coordinate the technical side so that interference can't occur. Normally, the frequency range requested by LightSquared is allocated for very, very low power operation - the same power range as your GPS receiver. So, the GPS manufacturers designed their receivers to tolerate very, very low power interference in that frequency range. All is good.
I thought that the problem is not that GPS receivers are accepting interference from frequencies outside the GPS band of frequencies. This sounds like a problem the GPS manufacturers need to fix and is not LightSquared's fault. Am I understanding the problem wrong?
Now, the FCC throws out the rule book and allows someone with thousands of Watts of power in that range. The rule book was thrown out by the use of a waiver that got fast-tracked without adequate public comment. The GPS receivers are getting stomped on and start miscalculating your position (if they can work at all). The receiver won't give you an error, it will just be off.
How does the GPS receiver manufacturer redesign for this problem? There's no way but to make bigger, bulkier, and heavier receivers. Replace every one of the millions of GPS receivers on the hope that you can still fit your GPS cell phone in your pocket. And really hope that the GPS receivers used to navigate your airline flight aren't off enough to fly you into the ground or another aircraft.
| || |said by n2jtx:My hope is the FCC will force a spectrum swap and eat the losses. That's the only reasonable outcome.
In fact, Ahuja is so confident he said that he isn't planning for the possibility that the FCC denies LightSquared the waiver when the decision comes out in September.
I have no doubt that waiver will be forthcoming in September. The FCC will figure out a way to disregard all the engineering data before it and get LightSquared up and running. It may be up to some other government agency to intercede but by then, they will be lit up and have paying customers making it difficult to put the toothpaste back in the tube.
GPS was nice while it lasted...
I don't mind taxpayer money being used to subsidize Lightsquare's spectrum purchase. It's a heck of a lot better than the billions and billions per year that go straight into AT&T's and Verizon's pockets. At least Lightsquare is going to create some real wireless competition.