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LightSquared Denies Interference Report

12/12/2011 08:43:27 AM Eastern
 Reston, Va. - LightSquared has denied a press report that said test results in the hands of a government agency found the company's proposed 4G LTE network would disrupt most GPS receivers in cellphones, car navigation systems, and other consumer-oriented devices used for marine and outdoor recreation activities.

The report by the Wall Street Journal cited a congressional aide who had seen the report, which was submitted Dec. 1 to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The agency is expected to issue its conclusions based on the report in the coming weeks.

 The NTIA will also review the results of planned tests of potential LightSquared interference on high-precision GPS devices used in aviation, agriculture, construction, engineering, surveying, disaster monitoring and government applications.

LightSquared contended the report's contention was based on incomplete information.

 "We are confident that a complete review of all the government data by respected industry experts will demonstrate that the overwhelming majority of devices tested exceeded the established standards and support LightSquared's network," said LightSquared executive VP Martin Harriman.

"The statement that testing shows that most GPS devices would be disrupted by LightSquared's operation is patently false," he continued. "There is no way that such a conclusion could be drawn without deliberately ignoring a critical element in LightSquared's mitigation proposal to manage the power from its network that GPS devices will be able to receive.  By ignoring this commitment by LightSquared, this conclusion is erroneously based on estimated power levels that are up to 15 times the levels guaranteed by LightSquared."

The NTIA, "not the leakers of this raw data, will make the final determination about how many devices passed or failed. And that assessment has not yet been made," he contended.

He also called on the government to investigate the disclosure of raw data "to ensure the credibility of the process is not damaged."
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