LightSquared has co-opted Sharp Electronics to be its first partner in building new devices and smartphones to be used in the company’s projected LTE network.
As the prolonged and very public legal battle between AT&T and its antagonists grows increasingly sharp-tongued, the nation’s 2nd largest telecom operator asked asked a federal court to throw out the various lawsuits on Friday. AT&T’s bid to take over T Mobile and, by default, annex their spectrum, has come under fierce attack from several sources. AT&T seems to be drowning under the volume of of the attacks, as indicated by this most recent of its legal maneuvers.
Owners of Motorola’s Xoom tablet have had what seemed like an interminable wait for access to Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The Xoom was supposed to have been equipped with 4G by summer, but delays in the development of 4G technology led to setbacks. Disgruntled customers can now finally receive the free upgrade to LTE.
In an open letter promised to be widely published in the near future, 4G LTE provider LightSquared defended themselves yesterday from their headquarters in Reston, VA. Addressed to “Americans Everywhere”, CEO Sanjiv Ahuja tackles the issues facing the wireless spectrum start-up including allegations that the companies bandwidth interferes with government GPS signals and lack of competitiveness in the wireless spectrum market.
Broadband subscribers in the US comprise of only 13.2% of all subscribers. By contrast, the percentage of HSPA/LTE subscribers in Europe grew by 33% in 2010 and accounted for 20.6% of the total population. By 2016, this amount is expected to triple. America’s compound annual growth rate (CAGR) during this period is predicted to only be 25.8% and reach 58 million subscribers versus the 96 million European subscribers.