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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Nothing was mentioned today by Sanjay Ahuja, CEO, about LightSquared's technology that might possibly interfere with the GPS signals that we have reported on previously. LightSquared owns 59Mhz of telecommunications spectrum in the U.S. and plans to use both satellite and terrestial means to deploy is their LTE-4G network. Concerns exist among the U.S. military, GPS equipment manufacturers and others that LightSquared's hybrid approach has the potential to interfere with GPS signal integrity. In speaking with executives from Spirent, a company that tests for such interference, this is exactly to kind of verification in which they are being asked to perform (see prior interview).

Ahuja spent the majority of his remarks addressing the LightSquared business model, its wholesale distribution of a 4G broadband network, and its investment in building out its new wireless broadband system. "LightSquared is completely revolutionizing this model with an integrated approach that will open the market to many more entrants," said Ahuja. "Just imagine the enormous opportunity to create a business model to democratize wireless service for all Americans. LightSquared is poised to do just that." This is a radical change for LightSquared whose business model was originally based on a new satellite-based constellation but is now focused on a terrestial deployment of broadband.

LightSquared announced a partnership with Best Buy, the mega-retailer, to offer a service called Best Buy Connect through its stores with pilot trials coming in Q1 2012.

The LightSquared business model is providing broadband on a wholesale basis. "We will have no retail overhead; we will  spend [our money] on building and deploying the most reliable 4G network... we will sell to network providers under their own brand," said Ahuja. "Wholesale means that we will never compete with our network partners; [our] success is solely based on the success of our network partners. LightSquared partners can expand their product offerings and expand relationship with customers."

Ahuja believes that LightSquared is completely revolutionizing the existing model for broadband access with an integrated approach that will open the market to many more entrants.

Ahuja said, that "demand for data continues to surge and digital overload continues to grow. We are worried about staying connected. [LightSquared] is taking a transformational approach to help the wireless industry to address the overload and fix connectivity." Ahuja stated that during peak internet usage on a daily basis, 20% is from streaming video.

LightSquared plans to spend $14 billion of private investment over the next 5 years on network infrastructure.

by Joe Francica on 03/23 at 08:49 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg provided some observations and statistics for the next 5-10 years of wireless broadband innovation. He shared these data points about the history and prospective productivity gains to be achieved during the next generation of wireless broadband:

  • It took 100 years to connect 1 Billion fixed telecommunication lines
  • It took 20 years to connect 1 Billion wireless devices
  • In 20 years, there will be 8 Billion mobile subscribers. Even though there may not be 8 billion in total population, people will have several devices with several different types of subscription plans.

Vestberg said, "We will go from connecting people to connecting things," referring to the Internet of Things and mobile to mobile (M2M) communication. "We believe by 2020, [there will be] 50 billion connected devices to the network." Vestberg said that currently, 85% of earth's population has mobile coverage; in 5 years that will go to 90%.

And the social impact will be enormous. For every 1000 broadband connections, it is possible to create 80 new jobs. For every 10% of increased usage of broadband penetration, a country would receive 1% sustainable gross domestic product improvement. If the US would increase broadband penetration by10%, it would create 2 million new jobs.

by Joe Francica on 03/23 at 07:39 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share


Newcomer QONQR – pronounced 'conquer' - appears more akin to Microsoft'sFable III Kingmaker game than it does typical location-based apps, charging players with claiming cities around the world and launching attacks on rival factions by checking in as they travel with their phones.

The latest LBS game is less like Foursquare and more like RISK.

- PocketGamer

... Groupon Now enables users to see deals only when they enter their location into the Groupon website or smartphone app. The new service playfully integrates the complex technology powering current GPS accuracy, with the simple reduction of human emotions into two phrases: I’m hungry, and I’m bored. Choosing either of these options results in giving users a host of suggestions based on proximity.

- PSFK

GiftRocket...marries the concept of virtual gift cards with location-based services, per TechCrunch. You can send money - but it's only redeemable when the recipient checks-in at the prescribed location.

- TechCrunch

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 06:47 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

China


Chinese private car owners will be able to enjoy positioning services provided by the Beidou satellite navigation and positioning system starting in 2012, said Sun Jiadong, chief designer of the Beidou satellite navigation and positioning system. 

China currently has seven satellites in orbit.

- People's Daily

India

The Delhi cabinet has approved the draft Delhi Geospatial Data Infrastructure Bill, 2011 - a flagship project of the city government launched to frame and implement policies for issues relating to geospatial data. 

- Egov Online

Pakistan

According to a press release, Mir Changez Jamali, Federal Minister for Science and Technology, renewed this commitment at the mega launching ceremony of “GIS for Salt Sector for Pakistan” here at Islamabad Club on Tuesday. Jamali, as the chief guest of GIS launch, appreciated the Health Ministry and Nutrition Wing for its use of digital era’s latest technology to analyse Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) Project outputs.

- The News

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 06:45 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Or, that's my best understanding of the document dated Mar 22, 2011, posted at Leagle which reads in part:

Appellant Real Estate Alliance Ltd. (REAL) appeals the district court's judgment that Move, Inc. et al. (Move) do not infringe claim 1 of REAL's U.S. Patent No. 5,032,989 (the '989 patent). We conclude that the district court erred in its claim construction, and vacate and remand for further proceedings.

So, I fear this is back on. I wrote about the decision on the long running case last year. Here's a link to the original story, about the original suits, from 2005.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/23 at 05:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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