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LightSquared and Smarter Car to Connect Dealerships and Drivers with Critical Vehicle Information

in press-release, LightSquared, 4G, LTE

RESTON, Va. and KIRKLAND, Wa., December 1, 2011 – LightSquared™, a wholesale carrier building a nationwide wireless broadband network that will create consumer choice and drive industry innovation, and Smarter Car, a new company that will soon offer mobile services that enable automobile dealerships and drivers to access critical data, ranging from vehicle maintenance diagnostics to location-sharing, have signed a wholesale services agreement.

Under the agreement, Smarter Car will sell devices and connectivity directly to automobile dealerships who will in turn offer these as options to customers when they purchase new cars. The Smarter Car device will attach to an On-Board Diagnostics (OBD)-specified port, and using LightSquared’s 4G-LTE network, will allow drivers and dealerships to use smart phones, tablets or PCs to access and analyze a variety of data about the car. LightSquared’s satellite, among the largest and most powerful ever built, will also ensure that users of the Smarter Car device who are out of cellular range always have access to LightSquared’s network, regardless of where they are located in the U.S.

“Smarter Car will connect cars with people, and using LightSquared’s network we will be able to create an informative, real-time experience for consumers and dealers,” said Lonnie Benson, chief executive officer of Smarter Car. “LightSquared will allow us to take advantage of the most advanced wireless technology to create valuable applications that will help dealers and drivers maintain the value and improve the safety of their vehicles.”

“A key tenet of LightSquared’s mission is to fuel American innovation, and we are proud to partner with a company that epitomizes the spirit of entrepreneurship,” said Sanjiv Ahuja, chairman and chief executive officer of LightSquared. “LightSquared’s open network and wholesale-only business model are enabling emerging companies such as Smarter Car to enter the wireless market. By combining wireless technology with smart devices, Smarter Car will provide consumers and dealerships with instant access to critical data about their vehicles.”

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