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    LightSquared schemes spectrum swap

    http://www.slashgear.com/lightsquare...swap-15213676/

    This week the LightSquared group has received word from the FCC that they will not be able to use airwaves otherwise used by GPS signals, so today we’re to understand that the group will be seeking to exchange its licenses for ones currently operated by the US Department of Defense. The LightSquared fourth generation mobile broadband service appears to be using this strategy to keep their otherwise shot-down company afloat as the FCC revokes their waiver allowing the network to operate.

    The new set of airwaves LightSquared is reportedly seeking to use are used by the Defense Department primarily for aircraft testing. While this would allow them to operate farther away from the GPS signals they’re now trying to avoid, one of those criticizing their usage of the first set of airwaves was non other than the Defense Department again. This swap is reportedly one of several options the company is considering.

    The original plan was to have LightSquared operate satellite wireless airwaves (spectrum) for a land-based nationwide network for internet for 260 million Americans by the end of the year 2015. This plan would allow LightSquared to compete with AT&T and Verizon in the spectrum wholesale market, and the company had already signed agreements with Best Buy and Leap Wireless for future sales. DISH network is also working with the FCC to create satellite spectrum for a terrestrial wireless network and expects to get a ruling on it by the end of March.

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    The country we live in...sheeshh... so the spectrum will sit idle because companies are not building their GPS receivers correctly. In turn, the FCC makes it lightsquares fault.

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    Back to the question How does Sprint replace the 9 billion dollars of lost income over the next 11years that was to have come from Fallcon(lighsquard) Sprint is paying close to 10% for borrowed money. Losing that amount of income is a big hit to the cash flow.

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    is Sprint 4G plans in trouble ( source )


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    Quote Originally Posted by 503ducati View Post
    So they are just returning the money they received from LightSquared.
    Yeah, since when is returning money that you were given considered 'digging yourself a hole'? Gotta love unnecessarily sensationalist headlines.
    Thrill me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gloschen View Post
    Back to the question How does Sprint replace the 9 billion dollars of lost income over the next 11years that was to have come from Fallcon(lighsquard) Sprint is paying close to 10% for borrowed money. Losing that amount of income is a big hit to the cash flow.
    Who knows what happens from here? Perhaps Lightsquared succeeds in pulling off a spectrum swap, perhaps Dish Network comes into play, maybe a joint LTE rollout with T-Mobile, could be anything at this point. However, as was pointed out to you earlier in this thread, Lightsquared was an add-on to Network Vision, not the core component. Sprint's plans don't fall apart just because Lightsquared's plans seem to have.

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    And as I pointed out Sprint has to replace 9 billion dollars of cash flow or borrow an additional 3-4 billion at a high interest rate
    A large portion of future cap x funding was tied to this deal. I am not questioning there tech ability to build out lte
    But there balance sheet is going to be in deep sh$$

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    So they have to replace a component that wasn't originally part of their plans...mkay. Anyway obtaining an additional $3B in vendor financing was already stated as one of their objectives, again before Lightsquared was even in the picture.

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    Report: LightSquared eyes former Nextel chief Donahue for CEO spot

    http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/...#ixzz1ntulSjuk

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    Quote Originally Posted by digiblur View Post
    The country we live in...sheeshh... so the spectrum will sit idle because companies are not building their GPS receivers correctly. In turn, the FCC makes it lightsquares fault.
    That's LightSquared's propaganda. In reality, the FCC licensed that spectrum to LS with the understanding that it was going to be used for low-powered satellite communication. LS wanted a waver to create a vastly higher-powered terrestrial wireless network. At that power, it interferes with the neighboring GPS signals. If LS wanted to build a terrestrial network, maybe they shouldn't have bought spectrum that was designated for satellite communications.

    There are always companies trying to pull a fast one on the FCC. It's a gamble. You decide to buy non-standard spectrum that isn't designated for your intended purpose because it's cheap. You then try to get the FCC to allow you to use that spectrum for another purpose. Often times, there's a reason why it wasn't designated for terrestrial wireless.

    Nextel did the same thing. They didn't want to compete for cellular and PCS licenses which were expensive. So, they bought SMR spectrum and, oops, they started interfering with neighboring signals. Nextel got those licenses on the cheap because they were problematic for commercial wireless. Other wireless companies paid a premium for spectrum that wasn't problematic.

    LightSquared is a repeat of the Nextel situation. They bought spectrum that would be fine for its designated purpose. They wanted the FCC to grant them a waiver to use it for a different purpose. Only this time, the FCC was going to make sure that they didn't get into a Nextel situation where a company tried to repurpose spectrum for a different purpose causing problems for people who were using their licenses for their intended purpose.

    It is LightSquared's fault. They could have bought AWS spectrum, they could have bought 700MHz spectrum. That spectrum was expensive for a reason: the FCC had determined its suitability for terrestrial wireless. LightSquared decided that they were going to purchase spectrum not meant for terrestrial wireless and try and pull a Nextel.

    LightSquared and the FCC entered into a contract with both sides knowing that the spectrum was to be used for satellite communication. LightSquared still has the option to create a satellite network. LightSquared wanted the FCC to also - after the fact - let them use it for terrestrial wireless. The FCC would have been more than happy to allow that if it didn't interfere with other signals.

    Back to the question How does Sprint replace the 9 billion dollars of lost income over the next 11years that was to have come from Fallcon(lighsquard) Sprint is paying close to 10% for borrowed money. Losing that amount of income is a big hit to the cash flow.
    Frankly, Sprint shouldn't have been counting on it. Even if LS had gotten approval, a 10MHz LTE network that was being resold to everyone at wholesale rates wasn't going to generate the kind of money to cover such a bill. Sprint was already going to be taking up half of LightSquared's capacity and that would leave little for them to re-sell. When you think about them turning their network down to half power, it's likely that the signals wouldn't be better than Clearwire's.

    Clearwire wasn't making money with it's dual retail/wholesale business and Sprint was paying them for every customer on their network. Sprint's deal with LS meant that a substantial amount (if not most) of their traffic would be carried by LS for free. And Clearwire has the spectrum to provide much greater capacity.

    I'm guessing Sprint wasn't counting their chickens before they were hatched.

    http://money.msn.com/top-stocks/post...8-1d8be5cb1591

    In the short term, it looks like Sprint is trying to raise more money. Another $2B after taking $4B in November.

    As much as I'm not a fan of high-frequency spectrum, Clearwire does have 160MHz of it in the top 100 markets. That's a lot of capacity there - capacity that must be supplemented by lower-frequency spectrum, but still capacity for someone that has that lower-frequency spectrum. Sprint's original plan of 4G only on Clearwire's spectrum just wouldn't work for coverage reasons. However, it can still be a huge capacity supplement. I think that's the big reason Sprint is trying to hang on to Clearwire.

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    And really, with LS effectively gone no way to raise funds to aquire metro/leap and Dish running into issues of its own Clear is the 'last man standing'.

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    Sprint Is Said to Plan to End Its Network Deal With Falcone’s LightSquared

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-0...htsquared.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by offthegrid View Post
    Ergen may flip LS for a quick profit a la Icahn but Lightsquared is nothing now but law suits.
    http://www.slashgear.com/lightsquare...ar+(SlashGear)

    LightSquared schemes spectrum swap

    The new set of airwaves LightSquared is reportedly seeking to use are used by the Defense Department primarily for aircraft testing. While this would allow them to operate farther away from the GPS signals they’re now trying to avoid, one of those criticizing their usage of the first set of airwaves was non other than the Defense Department again. This swap is reportedly one of several options the company is considering.

    The original plan was to have LightSquared operate satellite wireless airwaves (spectrum) for a land-based nationwide network for internet for 260 million Americans by the end of the year 2015. This plan would allow LightSquared to compete with AT&T and Verizon in the spectrum wholesale market, and the company had already signed agreements with Best Buy and Leap Wireless for future sales. DISH network is also working with the FCC to create satellite spectrum for a terrestrial wireless network and expects to get a ruling on it by the end of March.

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    This story gets stranger and stranger.



    http://tmfassociates.com/blog/2012/0...n-spin-around/

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