Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Jul 2009 22:03 UTC
Legal It was more or less not a question of if, but when, and now we're here: the US Department of Justice is said to launch an investigation into the US telecommunications industry to see if the two biggest players, AT&T and Verizon, are abusing their market position. Even though Apple is not a target for the probe, the usually trustworthy Wall Street Journal states that the iPhone/AT&T deal will also come under scrutiny [subscr. req.].
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RE: Uncompetitive competition
by kaiwai on Tue 7th Jul 2009 06:26 UTC in reply to "Uncompetitive competition"
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What can you do when 2 players use CDMA and 2 players use GSM and the GSM players are so far behind in supporting 3G data technology?

Qualcomm announced a chipset recently that covers all the bases, but that's likely to find its way into a courtroom, knowing how things work.

Unfortunately, it's a national market where no one (carriers, vendors, customers, government) really cares. Until everyone is using the same technologies, the government is spinning its wheels doing an investigation.

From what I understand, AT&T is moving to WCDMA 850Mhz and 850/2100 in the cities for extra capacity - so there is the right balance of capacity and coverage. I'm unsure how far along AT&T is with their deployment but in New Zealand and Australia it is pretty much under way already.

There is no reason why the US is so far behind the eighth ball considering there are countries out there with lower GDP per capita and less wealthy country in GDP numbers who are further ahead when it comes to technology deployments.

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