GPS Interference by LightSquared’s Network Leads to its Suspension

Author: Usman Zafar Paracha
Published: February 15, 2012 at 9:08 am
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The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a Department of Commerce agency working to oversee military and government spectrum use, has found that LightSquared network is meddling with other devices such as Global Positioning System (GPS) devices.

"Based on NTIA's independent evaluation of the testing and analysis performed over the last several months, we conclude that LightSquared's proposed mobile broadband network will impact GPS services and that there is no practical way to mitigate the potential interference at this time," the NTIA said in a letter (PDF) to the FCC.

Based on these findings, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reported that it will “suspend indefinitely” the operation of LightSquared Inc. "The commission clearly stated from the outset that harmful interference to GPS would not be permitted," the FCC said (as reported by CNET). "Consequently, the commission will not lift the prohibition on LightSquared."

On the other hand, LightSquared is saying that the NTIA’s results are based on "severely flawed testing process;" however, the company "remains committed to finding a resolution with the federal government and the GPS industry to resolve all remaining concerns. LightSquared is confident that the parties will continue on-going efforts to explore all engineering options and alternatives to find a solution to this difficult issue."

 
 

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