LightSquared signs 33rd wholesale agreement

While LightSquared remains mired the GPS interference controversy, the company signed its 33rd LTE wholesale agreement.

The company made a deal with Quantum Networks, which provides niche mobile devices such as routers, mobile hotspots and GPS trackers, that will enable Quantum to bundle LTE connectivity with its products.

"With LightSquared, we can now go the final mile and deliver the most advanced wireless services to our customers," said Ari Zoldan, chief executive officer of Quantum Networks, in a release. "Before, we were only able to meet customers halfway while they scrambled for reliable connectivity. Now we can offer a complete communications solution while also maximizing our revenue opportunity."

Meanwhile, another round of tests conducted on LightSquared's proposed hybrid satellite network again revealed interference with GPS devices, said the Department of Defense and Department of Transportation.

LightSquared has been under fire since its June report to the FCC showed that its proposed LTE network posed an interference problem to existing GPS devices. LightSquared can't operate in the band until the FCC is satisfied that interference won't be a problem. LightSquared in recent months has made a number of concessions, including agreeing to temporarily stay out of the upper part of the spectrum that is adjacent to the GPS bands and limiting the power of its base stations.

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