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A Bold Small Cell Prediction

Monday, February 10th, 2014

For the third year in a row, it looks like next year will be “the year” for small cells.  That is not to say that small cells are not being deployed now.  There has been a proliferation of small cell applications like DAS, oDAS, and femto cells for years now.  What we have not seen is a deliberate use by wireless carriers of small cells as a substitute for macro cell sites. What is holding the…

LightSquared’s Fall Part Two: Bring on the Lawyers

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

As predicted by SellTower, LightSquared has been forced to resort to legal maneuvers in its attempt to gain permission to deploy a LTE network.  It is interesting that the initial LightSquared legal justification is that the government gave LightSquared, its partners, and its vendors an unreasonable expectation of success thus inducing the investment of millions of dollars in a venture that the FCC ultimately disapproved.  While that certainly did happen, it would be more in the interest of the wireless…

LightSquared’s Fall is a Lesson in Lawlessness

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The LightSquared plan to provide a nationwide LTE wireless network that could reach both city and country is dead for the foreseeable future.  The NTIA letter asserting that no GPS interference fix is likely for years to come and subsequent FCC response give LightSquared almost zero wiggle room to escape its current trap.  Given the billions of dollars invested, it seems likely that Harbinger will have to turn to the courts for relief. So what lead to this very expensive…

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