Leap, LightSquared In Roaming Deal

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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.

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