LightSquared's spectrum lawsuit settled after exiting Chapter 11; path opens to deploy wholesale 4G network

10 Dec 2015

LightSquared has settled a spectrum lawsuit which paves the way for its long-planned US wholesale 4G mobile network deployment, a day after it exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. In the settlement with Deere & Co, LightSquared agreed to reduce out-of-band emissions and to forego using spectrum adjacent to Deere’s GPS airwaves for its terrestrial network. In return, Deere agreed to not object to the deployment of LightSquared’s terrestrial mobile network, which will operate in the 1627MHz-1680MHz and 1526MHz-1536MHz bands, writes Total Telecom. ‘We believe this agreement sets forth the framework that enables GPS and broadband to peacefully coexist, and we will continue to work with industry and government stakeholders to reach consensus that enables this spectrum to be utilised,’ said LightSquared CEO Doug Smith. In February 2012 the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) withdrew its support for LightSquared’s proposal to build a hybrid satellite and terrestrial LTE network and operate it on a wholesale basis following complaints from GPS providers Deere, Garmin and Trimble that the network would interfere with their signals. Last week the FCC approved the transfer of LightSquared’s spectrum to a new entity named New LightSquared, owned by Fortress Investment (26.2%), Centerbridge Partners (8.1%), JPMorgan (21.25%) and LightSquared’s original backer, Philip Falcone’s Harbinger Capital (44.45%).