LightSquared Gears Up For 4G Rollout, Wireless Competition - HotHardware
LightSquared Gears Up For 4G Rollout, Wireless Competition

LightSquared Gears Up For 4G Rollout, Wireless Competition

LightSquared isn't a company that's a household name right now, but it should be. And it will be soon most likely. A new report suggests that the upstart communications company is poised to build out a nationwide 4G network, which would obviously compete with the networks out there already: WiMAX and LTE. Currently, the company owns a big chunk of licensed spectrum and has a billionaire backing them. That means that they had loads of flexibility to take their time and even fail a time or two.

According to the report, the goal is to make money by "selling fast wireless broadband to large established providers who will then resell it to consumers or to local or new providers (such as camera manufacturers, large retailers, and e-reader makers) that are looking for a way to add Internet access to their products without having to build a network to provide it." What would this mean for the U.S. consumer? More choice, and there may even be a new swath of devices and services that can use LightSquared's network as a "dumb pipe," a fact that existing carriers are probably terrified about.


It's hard to say if the company will eventually partner with a carrier that already has a foot in the industry, but we wouldn't be shocked. Building out an expansive wireless network is challenging and expensive, and may not make a lot of sense with 4G technological changes happening at a rapid pace already. Either way, we love the thought of wireless competition, and are definitely excited to see what LightSquared pulls out of their back pocket.
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Hi stupid how are you? Have you been stupid all your life? Lightsquared isn't offering a technology to compete with LTE 4G technology. If you actually researched this you'd know that it is going to be LTE 4G technology that they use. The only thing unique will be their use of a satellite. Which will be picked up on earth and connected to average everyday cellphone towers..

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RStricklin:
Lightsquared isn't offering a technology to compete with LTE 4G technology.
The tech doesn't have to compete, just the fact of 2 companies having the same system is the competition talked about here. Hurr da durr derrr. Competitive pricing for the same service, have you heard of phone companies?

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"Hi stupid how are you?", funny you ask, speak English much lol. Anyway The talk about competition is now against Verizon, but At&t/T-mobile are rolling it out to, and Sprint has talked about it as well. The new iteration of Wimax just became certified as well. I like most of all that it is a totally separate party though, and that they are using a new method of signal distribution which is more like a world phone signal.

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Sounds cool.

As for the picture, do you get an "aliens shooting lasers at the gulf of mexico" vibe or is it just me?

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Now we just need a venture capitalist to take interest in the wired internet. Although when net neutrality ends, that would be the time.

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