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LightSquared wants to be America’s dumbest pipe

Zach Epstein
November 4th, 2011 at 9:05 AM

LightSquared, a wholesaler of satellite and terrestrial broadband services, took to the stage at the Open Mobile Summit on Wednesday to clarify the company’s goal: to be America’s dumbest pipe. “LightSquared is building the ultimate dumb pipe,” LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja said in his keynote address according to Light Reading. “We want to be the dumbest wireless broadband pipe. No intelligence in our network. None. Zero.” While traditional wireless carriers focus on a variety of services and monetization strategies, LightSquared wants to operate as a utility company might, piping its service to as many customers as possible through as many resale partners as possible. The future of LightSquared’s 4G LTE plans are still up in the air, however, as its service has been found to interfere with spectrum used by various GPS solutions. The firm is working on resolving those issues, though solutions that involve retrofitting GPS antennas with filters or adopting new antenna technology haven’t been well received.



Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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