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LightSquared teams up with Sharp to begin production of LTE phones and tablets


Irksome GPS interference issues now somewhat safely behind it, LightSquared's plowing forward into OEM waters. The LTE wholesaler has just struck up an agreement with Sharp that'll see the electronics company creating the first line of devices specifically tailored for the nascent 4G network. Of course, these smartphones and tablets won't be sold by the Falcone-backed company, and will instead make their way to its carrier partners -- like Sprint, C Spire and Best Buy. If the already inked collaboration means we'll be seeing this beastie on North American air waves, then we predict the heavily beset wireless outfit's rocky road to launch will give way to smooth sailing. Official presser after the break.

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LightSquared Announces Collaboration with Sharp® on L-Band Smartphone and Tablet Product Development

LightSquared will provide device solutions for its network partners using Sharp's leading-edge smartphone and tablet technologies.
RESTON, Va., October 3, 2011 – LightSquared™, which is building a nationwide wireless broadband network that will drive consumer choice and industry innovation, has announced a strategic collaboration agreement with Sharp®, a worldwide leader in consumer electronic products and solutions.

LightSquared has selected Sharp as its first manufacturer to provide advanced smartphones and tablets which will operate on its 4G-LTE network. The goal of the agreement is to leverage Sharp's leading-edge product solutions to develop a range of innovative devices which will incorporate an extensive selection of unique device components, such as Sharp's advanced LCD panel and camera module, for LightSquared's 4G-LTE network partners including carriers, retailers and others.

This agreement underscores how LightSquared's open network and growing ecosystem can help manufacturers expand their wireless offerings and develop innovative products without restrictions.
LightSquared will showcase devices during CTIA Enterprise & Applications, October 11-13, in San Diego.
"Sharp has a rich history of producing unique products that push the extremes of design and functionality, and we're proud that they will be developing innovative devices for LightSquared's 4G-LTE network," said Sanjiv Ahuja, chief executive officer of LightSquared. "LightSquared's wholesale-only business model and open network will provide Sharp with a platform from which they can aggressively expand into the U.S. wireless market with an exciting portfolio of smartphones and tablets."

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