LightSquared, the USD7 billion Long Term Evolution (LTE) open-access mobile network that will utilise satellite spectrum acquired by New York investment firm Harbinger Capital, has chosen software management firm Siterra to manage the deployment, installation, operation and maintenance of its new 4G network. In a statement LightSquared says it hopes to become the first ever wholesale-only nationwide 4G-LTE network with integrated satellite capacity, to provide backhaul services across the US. LightSquared allows partners to offer terrestrial-only, satellite-only, or integrated satellite-terrestrial services to their end users.
Bernard Fried, CEO of Siterra commented: ‘We were pleased to have been selected by LightSquared to provide the software solution for managing this exciting project. We are confident that our flagship product, Siterra+, will help LightSquared meet its business goals of building out a world-class 4G network while providing management with complete visibility into how their capital is being deployed.’ According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja has said that the company plans to launch wholesale services in its first markets by mid-2011, and hopes to have 92% coverage by 2015. According to the terms of its licence the LightSquared network must achieve coverage of 100 million people by the end of 2012, 145 million people by the end of 2013 and 260 million people (not including satellite coverage) by the end of 2015.