Printed from http://www.electronista.com

LightSquared misses $56M payment to Inmarsat for spectrum

updated 03:25 pm EST, Mon February 20, 2012

Could lose spectrum most needed for GPS workaround

LightSquared has failed to make a $56.25 million payment to UK satellite operator Inmarsat. The payment was to be the first of several payments, totaling $175 million for the year to be payed by LightSquared to Inmarsat, in a deal struck between the two in 2007, for access to spectrum. If LightSquared doesn't pay, Inmarsat can legally end the deal.

Last week, LightSquared's efforts to build out its LTE network were put on a possibly permanent hold after a decision by the FCC that LightSpeed's LTE transmissions interfered with GPS signals used by consumers, the military and air traffic. Inmarsat's bandwidth is especially critical to LightSquared because it runs over blocks of the spectrum least likely to cause interference with GPS.

LightSquared has denied that it's responsible for creating interference and has gone so far as to accuse government agencies of allowing vested interests to rig findings to protect the GPS industry. Talk has existed of the company possibly suing the FCC and other agencies, although this likely wouldn't come in time to avoid a mid-March deadline for getting help from Sprint. [via PCWorld]



By Electronista Staff
Post tools:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear headphones

When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with swe ...

Adesso Xtream S3B Bluetooth speaker

Finding a speaker purpose-built for a specific need is challenging. Even when a Bluetooth speaker can be paired with a mobile device, ...

JBL Synchros E40BT headphones

For all the different configurations of headphones on the market, it's always a tough choice for buyers to get something that is just ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News