Ligado Networks Urges FCC to Approve License Modifications for CII Service
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | Comments

Ligado Networks petitioned the FCC to move forward on approvals of its license modification applications, filed in 2015, so it can deploy its planned terrestrial/satellite 5G service to benefit critical infrastructure industries (CII).

Ligado CEO Doug Smith said Ligado Networks has worked with industry and government stakeholders on a plan for its 1.67 – 1.675 GHz spectrum licenses that resolves interference concerns from GPS device manufacturers and others. The plan includes creating a 23-megahertz buffer between Ligado and global navigation satellite system (GNSS) service.

“We have participated in testing, analysis, studies, workshops, reviews and meetings, and time after time, we have accepted the burden to resolve concerns by modifying our plan,” Smith said. “We have patiently waited for an FCC decision allowing our company to make additional investments that industries here in America so desperately need.”

Ligado’s plan would use 40 megahertz of spectrum to deploy 5G service using equipment from Nokia and Ericsson to offer services in geographic areas CII entities deem beneficial.

“Our combined approach to technology and private network deployment will transform key industries like manufacturing, agriculture, commercial transportation and utilities,” Smith said. “Our mid-band spectrum not only provides coverage and capacity but also delivers the power and strength necessary to vastly transform America’s digital infrastructure.

“This Section 7 petition makes clear that it is time for action that will put our nation’s 5G economic and national security needs first and above politics before it’s too late.”

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On 6/27/19, John Veerle said:
There are no valid reasons to delay approval of Ligado's licence modification application any longer. The U.S. economy and consumers will be the main beneficiaries. Politics and vested interests have delayed the process, and the debate has been mudded by the GPS community which is only interested in keeping the status quo. It is time for action. Ligado can play an important role in a succesful rollout of 5G. I am convinced the FCC will agree and will rule on the application in the short term.


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