Feds doom LightSquared’s LTE 4G network
The Coalition to Save Our GPS, which was formed in response to concerns raised by LightSquared’s network interference, responded to the recent announcement in a press release.
“Every set of independent technical studies has confirmed that LightSquared’s proposed operations would create widespread interference to critical GPS uses,” the Coalition to Save our GPS said in a press statement. “The test results which were the subject of the Jan. 13, 2011, government conclusions yet again confirm the interference problem. The results also confirm that interference will not only affect high-precision GPS receivers, but also millions of GPS devices used by consumers every day in their cars, trucks and boats. In addition, the most recent studies confirm interference to critical aviation safety systems.
“LightSquared has been afforded every possible opportunity to make its technical case, and has failed to demonstrate that it can avoid interference to many critical GPS based activities. Over the last year, it has proposed numerous modifications to its proposals which it claimed would solve the interference problem. Each of these proposals has been extensively evaluated and none have been found adequate to eliminate widespread interference to GPS. No credible, independent expert or organization has come forward to support LightSquared’s claims of non-interference to millions of existing GPS devices.
“We welcome the PNT Executive Committee’s unanimous conclusion on behalf of the nine government departments and agencies that ‘no practical solutions or mitigations’ exist that would allow LightSquared to operate without causing significant interference to GPS. At this point, there is no evidence that any further modifications to its proposal would yield a different conclusion. Because of this, the Committee’s conclusion that it is time to end technical studies and that the proposal is not viable is supported by overwhelming technical evidence.”