Best Buy to sell access to new wireless network

Mar 23, 2011

(AP) -- LightSquared, a company that's building a new nationwide wireless broadband network, says Best Buy will resell access to that network, starting with a trial early next year.

Best Buy Co. is the biggest customer so far to sign up with LightSquared. The electronics chain will sell the service under its own Connect brand. LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja announced it Wednesday in a speech at a wireless show in Orlando, Fla.

On Tuesday, LightSquared said Leap Wireless International Inc., the parent of the Cricket phone service, plans to use Reston, Va.-based LightSquared's "fourth-generation," or 4G, network to supplement its own.

San Diego-based Leap is the country's seventh-largest phone company, with 5.5 million customers.

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