LightSquared Update - 4/4/11
GigaOm reports that LightSquared has a lot more issues besides straightening out the GPS interference sitation. Among them:
- It doesn’t have devices, unless we count the poorly reviewed Genus phone offered by AT&T and TerreStar.
- It does have to have dual-mode chips available for its customers, but if it changes spectrum to avoid GPS interference, that will require a radio chip tweak that could cause delays in devices getting to market.
- It has until the third quarter (or end of year) in which to cover 9 million people and until 2012 to cover 100 million.
- It no longer appears to be working with Nokia Siemens Networks, although it is still active in building out networks in Denver, Baltimore/Washington D.C. and Las Vegas.
- Its best hope for a network build-out partner, T-Mobile, is set to be acquired by AT&T.