LightSquared inks LTE roaming deal with ClearTalk

LightSquared announced a bilateral roaming agreement with regional flat-rate player ClearTalk Wireless.

Under the deal, ClearTalk customers will get access to LightSquared's LTE network, and LightSquared's satellite network will provide service to ClearTalk's subscribers. ClearTalk operates primarily in the West and Southwest, and serves customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

ClearTalk joins a growing roster of companies that have inked roaming or wholesale deals with LightSquared, including Best Buy, Cellular South, Leap Wireless (NASDAQ:LEAP), netTalk, Open Range Communications and SI Wireless. Last week, LightSquared announced a wholesale deal with communications services provider PowerNet Global, hot on the heels of its $9 billion network hosting arrangement with Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S).

The deals have come despite continued uncertainty over whether LightSquared's plan to turn on its terrestrial LTE network will be approved by the FCC. LightSquared CMO Frank Boulben recently told FierceWireless that the company is currently in negotiations with 22 companies for commercial contracts.

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