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National PNT Engineering Forum rejects Ligado test results

Wednesday, April 11, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alan Cameron
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An independent technical review published earlier this month found sufficient data in three government-conducted tests to assess the risk of using frequencies near the GPS band for a ground-based communications network — specifically, the one proposed by Ligado Networks. The panel rejected two tests sponsored by Ligado Networks, saying they did not meet minimum criteria for inclusion or use. Ligado is the successor to Lightsquared.

The testing and various hearings before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) come in response to increasing demand for commercial spectrum to support broadband wireless communications. The FCC and other branches of U.S. government are giving serious consideration to repurposing various radio frequencies, including the satellite communications bands next to GPS, to accommodate this.

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