LightSquared gets more time to file GPS test results

Wed Jun 15, 2011 8:42pm EDT

By Sinead Carew

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Regulators have granted Harbinger Capital-backed LightSquared another two weeks to explain GPS interference issues related to a high-speed wireless network it wants to build, according to the FCC's website.

Earlier on Wednesday, the company had asked the Federal Communications Commission to extend the deadline to July 1.

Before LightSquared can go ahead with its proposed network, it must show the FCC that it can avoid interference with GPS devices, which use wireless airwaves next to those licensed to LightSquared.

LightSquared, which was formed by hedge fund manager Philip Falcone, was due to file a related report with the cooperation of other companies in the GPS and cellular industries June 15.

The company instead asked the FCC for an extension until July 1 because all the information required for the report had not yet been submitted.

"We don't have all the data. This is a really complex thing and we want to make sure we get it right," said LightSquared spokesman Chris Stern, noting that eight different working groups were involved in putting the report together.

"Based on preliminary test results, LightSquared determined that additional testing, beyond what had been planned initially, including alternative frequency plans to support its network roll-out, was necessary to permit a proper evaluation," Jeffrey Carlisle, executive vice president, regulatory affairs & public policy, LightSquared, said in a letter to the FCC.

"That testing has been performed, and it has set back the timetable, particularly in some sub-teams in which data is still being processed and analyzed," Carlisle said in the request made to FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch.   Continued...