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August 05, 2011

LightSquared, PowerNet Global Enter into Multi-Year Wholesale Agreement

LightSquared and PowerNet Global, a nationwide provider of integrated telecommunications services, have entered into a multi-year wholesale agreement.  

As part of the pact, PowerNet Global will become a wholesale customer on LightSquared's 4G-LTE network and will develop its own branded voice and high-speed mobile data services for its business and residential customers.

Industry experts opined that this partnership represents a major step towards making the latest generation of mobile services available to PowerNet Global's growing customer base throughout the United States.

"The partnership with LightSquared helps fulfill our goal of delivering an expanding array of advanced communications services to our customers across the country," said Bernie Stevens, president and chief executive officer of PowerNet Global, in a statement.

Stevens said that LightSquared's nationwide network and wholesale business model give the company the opportunity to deepen its existing customer relationships and expand into new markets.

A major player in the telecommunications industry for nearly two decades, communications provider PowerNet Global provides voice, data, SIP, and managed solutions to commercial and residential customers nationwide.

"We are very pleased to provide PowerNet Global with access to LightSquared's best-in-class wireless broadband network," said Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman and chief executive officer of LightSquared.

Ahuja said that this agreement reaffirms LightSquared's commitment to enable established service providers, such as PowerNet Global, to include competitive wireless offerings in the services they provide to their customers.

MobilityTechzone recently reported that LightSquared announced the delivery of satellite devices for the technology network it has set up for  the Indian Health Service (IHS), Tribes and Tribal Organizations to reach American Indian and Alaska Native communities located beyond the reach of landline and cell phone networks, and often, healthcare services.

The network, a “wholesale-only integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network,” will be used for tribal nations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Arizona.  

The first wave of LightSquared-provided satellite phones has already been delivered to HIS, according to the press release.

These phones will be distributed to healthcare facilities owned by the Tribes in the Coquille Indian Tribe Community Health Center in Coos Bay, Oregon; the Nisqually Tribal Health Clinic in Nisqually, Washington; the Benewah Medical Center in Plummer, Idaho; and facilities in the Tohono O'odham Nation in Sells, Arizona, according to the press release.

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Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Carrie Schmelkin

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