DISH, LightSquared could boost 4G competition

09/12/2011 | Computerworld

LightSquared's and DISH Network's plans to leverage satellite frequencies to offer 4G wireless services still face significant obstacles, but either plan could increase competition, some industry observers say. Both companies need exemptions from the Federal Communications Commission to use the Mobile Satellite Services band for terrestrial-based data networks without having to offer universal access to their hybrid services. The companies also face financial hurdles, although DISH has the advantage of its frequencies staying clear of GPS signals.

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