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Ligado and OneWeb blur the lines between satellite and terrestrial in 5G

There may be battles between satellite and mobile industries for some of the spectrum which MNOs want for 5G, but there will also be far greater participation by satellite players in 5G, than there was in previous mobile generations. The latest moves by Ligado (formerly LightSquared), Dish Network and OneWeb all point to a world where the walls between satellite and terrestrial will become far more blurred, and the technologies and operators will work together to deliver ubiquitous wireless broadband. Dish and Ligado both have FCC waivers to enable them to deploy terrestrial-only mobile networks in bands that were previously reserved for mobile satellite. While Dish is deploying NB-IoT, as a holding pattern before it makes its 5G decisions, Ligado…

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