Monday, September 19, 2011

LightSquared Picks Wipro for Systems Integration

LightSquared has selected Wipro Technologies (WIT) as its technology partner for systems integration and managed services. LightSquared, in cooperation with Wipro, also named the following three key component suppliers for its network.

Provisioning and Activation, provided by Evolving Systems (EVOL), which enables LightSquared's partners to activate and provision end-users on the network.

Real-Time Usage and Credit Management, provided by Openet, which enables LightSquared's partners to manage their own customers' network usage and credit in real time.

Rating and Billing, provided by Convergys (CVG), which enables LightSquared to invoice its partners at a wholesale level based on aggregate usage.

  • In July 2011, Sprint and LightSquared announced a 15-year agreement that includes spectrum hosting and network services, 4G wholesale, and 3G roaming. The deal gives Sprint $9 billion in cash to build out its 4G network and provides LightSquared with a Tier-One partner for bringing its wholesale-only, nationwide LTE + L-Band broadband satellite service to market, should the FCC approve its GPS terrestrial interference mitigation proposals.

    Specifically, LightSquared will pay Sprint to deploy and operate a nationwide LTE network that hosts L-Band spectrum licensed to or available to LightSquared. As a wholesale-only carrier with separate core network operations, LightSquared can sell its 4G broadband capacity produced through this spectrum hosting relationship to Sprint, other wireless carriers, and retail partners.