The National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Executive Committee may have just tapped the final nail in LightSquared’s LTE coffin. A memo released yesterday by the nine federal agencies that make up the committee deemed that LightSquared’s proposed LTE plans would interfere with existing GPS satellites in a way that cannot be fixed.
The troubled wireless internet service provider is still awaiting FCC approval in their quest to build a Long-Term-Evolution network, which was the foundation of a now delayed partnership with Sprint. If LightSquared is officially shot down, the Now Network will have to explore other avenues in order to further advance their already running Network Vision campaign.
Sprint recently unveiled three new LTE devices at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, that are currently slated to be released in the first half of 2012. With such aggressive moves being made, it’s doubtful that LightSquared’s current situation will completely derail Sprint’s planned deployment of a nationwide LTE network. But this setback could very well slow things down. Here’s to hoping that Sprint has a backup plan.