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September 28, 2011

AirTouch Communications Signs 4G-LTE Wholesale Reseller Agreement with LightSquared

AirTouch Communications, a U.S.-based wireless telephone service provider, announced it has signed a long-term 4G-LTE wholesale reseller agreement with LightSquared, a wholesale-only integrated 4G-LTE wireless broadband and satellite network in the U.S.

Under the terms of this agreement, AirTouch will act as a wireless carrier and will be authorized to offer AirTouch branded voice/data services nationwide over LightSquared 4G LTE network. AirTouch will also become a hardware supplier of choice by LightSquared for an array of fixed wireless application terminals with patented signal amplification technology.

AirTouch announced it will also invest millions of dollars to uniquely dedicate its facilities/services to entice service activations on its network. Additionally, AirTouch will offer its products for purchase by other LightSquared partners for their own service hardware at a partner pricing. This service is likely to begin in 2012.

With this partnership, AirTouch will be able to operate like a wireless carrier and its proprietarily unique hardware could be offered directly to the end user enhancing both the features of the hardware as well as the services offered on it, said  Hide Kanakubo, CEO of AirTouch Communications.

“AirTouch will be able to operate like a wireless carrier and its proprietarily unique hardware could be offered directly to the end user enhancing both the features of the hardware as well as the services offered on it,” Kanakubo added. “We have thrown in our lot with LightSquared's service, its own hardware and vice versa.”

As the company doesn’t intend to compete in the mobile handset arena, they can also encourage mobile phone makers to sell their mobile phones on AirTouch network, once certified by LightSquared, and to add on their customers as AirTouch subscribers while those mobile phone makers are selling their hardware for hardware profit, Kanakubo said.

AirTouch anticipates rapid growth in demand for wireless access by consumers and businesses worldwide. The company’s distribution scheme through the nation's wireless carriers and its independent agents and retailers has emerged out of the ever accelerating shift of dynamics to wireless technology as the most viable and vital media for information.


Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for MobilityTechzone. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves


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