Verizon Announces HomeFusion 4G LTE Broadband

Verizon Wireless announced on March 6 the introduction of HomeFusion Broadband. According to Verizon Wireless, HomeFusion will provide an alternative service for high-speed in-home Internet access in hard-to-serve areas of the country using Verizon Wireless’ developing 4G LTE network.

In a press release, Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless said,  “Customers want to connect more and more devices in their homes to the Internet, and HomeFusion Broadband gives them a simple, fast and effective way to bring the most advanced wireless connection from Verizon into their homes.” Read more

EATEL is the First ILEC to Partner with LightSquared

LightSquared announced this morning that it has entered into a wholesale agreement today with rural ILEC and NTCA member EATEL. The agreement will allow EATEL to provide its customers with access to LightSquared’s proposed wholesale, nationwide LTE network integrated with satellite coverage.

EATEL, founded in 1935, is the incumbent local phone carrier in the Ascension and Livingston Parishes of Louisiana. Based in Gonzales, La., the telco provides high-speed Internet, phone and television service over a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network.

“LightSquared’s network not only allows EATEL to offer our existing customers wireless broadband services, it also gives us a critical competitive advantage as we expand our services into new markets,” said John D. Scanlan, EATEL president. Arthur “Smokey” Scanlan, EATEL’s chief executive officer, added that “LightSquared’s unique ability to offer both broadband and satellite connectivity over the same device will be a breakthrough product for our customers.”

With this agreement, EATEL becomes the first ILEC to sign on to LightSquared’s network.LightSquared continues to face major regulatory and technical hurdles which must be resolved before it can offer service, chief among them concerns about potential interference between its proposed network and GPS devices. LightSquared remains engaged with the NTIA, members of the military and the GPS community in testing its network and devices.  Read more

Despite Industry and Congressional Obstacles, LightSquared Moves Forward

There are several new elements to the continuing pre-launch LightSquared story.

First off, LightSquared filed its formal report on GPS interference at the FCC on June 30. The report indicates that LightSquared will proceed with its network build out via a “plan B.” As we reported a few weeks ago, the new plan requires using spectrum lower in the band, further away from GPS frequencies, and operating at 50% power. In addition, LightSquared is requesting that filters become a requirement for manufacturers of certain GPS equipment.

In a public statement LightSquared said, “The FCC does not face a stark choice between reliable GPS service and a new competitor in the broadband market. In fact, the testing results released today show LightSquared’s proposed solution resolves interference for approximately 99.5% of all commercial GPS devices, including 100%of the 300 million GPS enabled cell phones.”

Second, an FCC working group has also completed testing of LightSquared’s proposed plan for a nationwide 4G LTE network and in the summary noted that, “The LightSquared Terrestrial Broadband Service Will Cause Harmful Interference to Nearly All GPS Receivers and GPS‐Dependent Applications.”

It’s important to note that the working group’s conclusion was derived by testing LightSquared’s initial spectrum utilization plan and not its latest plan B deployment plan.  Read more