LightSquared of Reston, Va., announced that it is adjusting its planned nationwide broadband wireless network so that the network does not interfere with the Global Positioning System signal. “This is a solution which ensures that tens of millions of GPS users won’t be affected by LightSquared’s launch,” said Sanjiv Ahuja, company chairman and CEO. Early test results of the network indicated that one of LightSquared’s 10 MHz blocks of frequencies poses interference to many GPS receivers, a development about which Air Force officials have been concerned. As a result, the company said it would launch its network using another 10 MHz block lower on the spectrum band that it says does not create a similar interference risk. It will also reduce the maximum authorized power of its base-station transmitters by more than 50 percent. The company said it is “committed to protecting GPS services.”
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.