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Ligado draws flak from satellites for US IoT network, Dish still lurks

Not all new wireless operators and would-be disruptors have an overnight impact like that of Reliance Jio or Free Mobile. For others, it is a long, painful process, nowhere more so than in the USA, where Ligado has been trying to build its wholesale-only cellular network, in mobile satellite spectrum, since 2010. Then, it was called LightSquared, and set out an ambitious vision of building a neutral host mobile broadband network, combining terrestrial and satellite operations, which would support a variety of service providers and MVNOs – including specialists in enterprise markets – without any of the conflicts of interest that the MNOs often face when supporting virtual operators (see separate item on MVNOs). Almost a decade ago, when Verizon…

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