LightSquared, a wireless startup that has faced a slew of setbacks this year, had a somewhat rare piece of good news to report on Wednesday
The company said it had successfully transitioned 50,000 public safety officials onto its new satellite from an older satellite.LightSquared says the news shows the transition can be seamless for customers.
"Providing reliable communications for the public safety community is LightSquared's highest priority. With the transition to LightSquared's new satellite, first responders will continue to have the critical communication capabilities they have come to rely on in times of crisis,'' Sanjiv Ahuja, LightSquared chairman and chief executive officer,said in a statement.
Other customers who made the jump over to the new satellite include oil, natural gas, and other utilities clients, the Reston, Va., company, which sells its service on a wholesale basis rather than directly to customers, said.
The company launched the new satellite last year. The satellite, which successfully completed post-launch testing in February, features a 7-story antenna--the largest of any commercial satellite and the key to the company's plans.
LightSquared has faced tremendous policy and technical challenges in recent months. The GPS industry has charged that the company's operations interfere with GPS services that operate at similar wavelengths, prompting complaints from government agencies and members of Congress.