News
11/15/2010
02:58 PM
Connect Directly
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

LightSquared Launches SkyTerra 1 Satellite

Hybrid satellite/LTE 4G network is planned, with AT&T as the carrier.

LightSquared reported Monday that its SkyTerra 1 satellite was successfully launched Sunday, completing an important step on the way to providing combination satellite-terrestrial cell phone service in North America.

The six-ton satellite runs 72 feet across and, when fully functional, will be capable of providing wireless mobile services to millions of subscribers, according to LightSquared. The company, which has signed a contract with AT&T to provide cell phone service, plans to wholesale its service to carriers, which are increasingly constrained by the scarcity of spectrum. LightSquared also owns substantial amounts of spectrum.

After years of failures and bankruptcies, satellite cellular services have gradually been recording some successes and are looking promising, even as billions are being spent on the services. The LightSquared satellite, built by Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems, was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. LightSquared said the spacecraft separation and signal acquisition occurred on schedule a few hours after the launch.

"LightSquared is launching the world’s first truly integrated satellite-terrestrial network, computing our 4G-LTE terrestrial network with ubiquitous satellite coverage that will connect rural America and support emergency communications," said Sanjiv Ahuja, LightSquared’s chief executive officer, in a statement.

The satellite's solar panels, radiator panels and its L-band antenna are scheduled to be activated around the end of November. Another backup satellite is slated to be launched in the coming months. LightSquared has signed an agreement with Nokia Siemens Networks to build the terrestrial part of its network, and Qualcomm has been working on a consumer handset that is more user-friendly than the brick-sized devices that were the hallmark of earlier satellite services. LightSquared plans to offer service at 300 Kbps, though there are plans to provide high-speed LTE service in some selected areas. LightSquared is backed by Harbinger Capital Partners, a New York-based hedge fund.

SEE ALSO:

Nokia Siemens Will Build LightSquared National LTE Network

LightSquared Links 4G With Airspan Smart Grid

Globalstar Launches Satellites For Planned Broadband Service

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Threat Intel Today
Threat Intel Today
The 397 respondents to our new survey buy into using intel to stay ahead of attackers: 85% say threat intelligence plays some role in their IT security strategies, and many of them subscribe to two or more third-party feeds; 10% leverage five or more.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-3345
Published: 2014-08-28
The web framework in Cisco Transport Gateway for Smart Call Home (aka TG-SCH or Transport Gateway Installation Software) 4.0 does not properly check authorization for administrative web pages, which allows remote attackers to modify the product via a crafted URL, aka Bug ID CSCuq31503.

CVE-2014-3347
Published: 2014-08-28
Cisco IOS 15.1(4)M2 on Cisco 1800 ISR devices, when the ISDN Basic Rate Interface is enabled, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (device hang) by leveraging knowledge of the ISDN phone number to trigger an interrupt timer collision during entropy collection, leading to an invalid s...

CVE-2014-4199
Published: 2014-08-28
vm-support 0.88 in VMware Tools, as distributed with VMware Workstation through 10.0.3 and other products, allows local users to write to arbitrary files via a symlink attack on a file in /tmp.

CVE-2014-4200
Published: 2014-08-28
vm-support 0.88 in VMware Tools, as distributed with VMware Workstation through 10.0.3 and other products, uses 0644 permissions for the vm-support archive, which allows local users to obtain sensitive information by extracting files from this archive.

CVE-2014-0761
Published: 2014-08-27
The DNP3 driver in CG Automation ePAQ-9410 Substation Gateway allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (infinite loop or process crash) via a crafted TCP packet.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
This episode of Dark Reading Radio looks at infosec security from the big enterprise POV with interviews featuring Ron Plesco, Cyber Investigations, Intelligence & Analytics at KPMG; and Chris Inglis & Chris Bell of Securonix.