Dish Network could become an alternative source of spectrum for LightSquared’s potential wholesale customers. LightSquared might want to look hard at such a scenario, given that it is under fire from the GPS community over the fact that its operations could interfere with GPS signals.
Of course, partnering with critical infrastructure is much easier to propose in a column than it is to execute in real life. It has been a long, uphill climb for public safety to present a united front to Congress, so getting other sectors involved could be difficult, especially when key potential partners like utilities often are for-profit companies instead of non-for-profit government entities.
LightSquared issued a press release in which it stated that its new plan for deploying its fledgling nationwide wholesale wireless broadband solves interference for “about 99.5% of commercial GPS devices, including 100% of the 300 million GPS-enabled cell phones.”
At the NENA conference, I stumbled into the booth of a production company that is working on a television program called The World’s Most Ridiculous 911 Calls. Producers Joe Nelms and Sue Bailey were at the conference to collect stories from call-takers and dispatchers. And they collected some doozies.
This week, during the National Emergency Number Association’s conference in Minneapolis, much of the chatter was about NENA’s i3 standards, which provide the technical guidelines for the development of next-generation 911 technologies.
When it comes to Sprint’s next-generation mobile network strategy, it appears that anything could be in the works. The company has indicated it will reveal its 4G network strategy by the middle of this year. Will it make a flip from WiMAX to LTE? And if so, just how is it going to do it?