Orlando, Fla. - Leap Wireless
signed a roaming agreement with LightSquared, which plans to build a
terrestrial- and satellite-based 4G LTE network, to supplement Leap's planned
4G LTE network.
Leap, which markets cellular
service under the Cricket name, plans to deploy its own LTE network this year
in its markets to complement its existing 3G services. "This new roaming
arrangement will allow us to offer customers an even-greater 4G service area as
LightSquared expands its own network," explained Leap president/CEO Doug Hutcheson.
LightSquared, which is exhibiting
at the CTIA convention here, plans to provide terrestrial- and satellite-based
voice and data service on a wholesale basis to retailers, cable operators and
other companies that want to offer service under their own brand.
Companies reselling LightSquared
service would be allowed under Federal Communications Commission regulations to
offer a terrestrial-only service or an integrated terrestrial/satellite service
in which VoIP calls and data sessions could be handed off between the
terrestrial network and satellite. Satellite-only service would be available in
Canada and Mexico.