I’ll try to to keep it brief. On the heels of this recent blog regarding information I found on the FCC’s web site in relation to TLPS, Globalstar has put out their own new ex parte filing that concedes/admits/declares (?) that “These deployments are utilizing prototype TLPS access points manufactured by Ruckus and client devices from HTC, Microsoft, and Apple that were upgraded to operate on Channel 14 or were able to operate on Channel 14 “out of the box” with no changes necessary. ”
Curiously, Ruckus themselves continues to maintain radio silence on TLPS. But, this filing seemingly does explain the missing filters that Greg Gerst called out after the very limited demonstration that was done at the FCC facilities a few months back.
I guess now the spectators are left to wonder if the FCC somehow knew about the modified access points despite no prior obvious mention of “prototype” hardware while high profile stakeholders like Gerst had to sleuth out their use, and if so why the lack of transparency here. Regardless, this does show that TLPS is now implied to be a Globalstar/Ruckus endeavor based on the new type of Ruckus hardware, and will not use unmodified off-the shelf access points (or any of the millions of APs by a slew of vendors already installed across the US). Let that rattle around in your craw a bit, as there are lots of implications there.
Why Globalstar is just trickling this out now is curious, and seems to be in response to Gerst’s raising of the filter issue. With all of the scrutiny that has been afoot throughout the TLPS Big Adventure, you’d think Globalstar would get it all out there in the daylight to quiet the naysayers. But even in this last filing, we’re left to wonder what specific device models fall under client devices from HTC, Microsoft, and Apple that were upgraded to operate on Channel 14 or were able to operate on Channel 14 “out of the box” with no changes necessary. Were these all smartphones? A mix of LTE devices and not? There’s no way to know based on the filing, and we’re all way past “just trust us, it was a legit test” by now. It’s time for the utmost of transparency in any future demonstrations, with full disclosure for the many eyes that are watching from afar.
Finally, it’s still utterly warped that Globalstar continues to prattle on about TLPS being the savior of 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi while utterly discounting or simply ignoring the importance of 5 GHz spectrum for Wi-Fi. 802.11ac sales are skyrocketing, and it’s a 5 GHz-only technology. I’ve said it before- ANY spectrum has value, but when you properly include 5 GHz in the Wi-Fi conversation, TLPS claims of 33% of this or 40% of that drastically reduce themselves to something much, much less. In this regard, facts are being distorted by omission, says I.