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[2]: Uncompetitive competition
by bousozoku on Tue 7th Jul 2009 07:50 UTC in reply to "RE: Uncompetitive competition"
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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.

There is no good reason. The government isn't in tune with citizens' needs.

AT&T are probably not as far advanced as Verizon were in 2007 and Sprint were in 2006 with their 3G data network. It should be embarrassing. I thought that they were using W-CDMA/UMTS early because it was cheaper and then, started to put HS*PA in speed critical areas.

I just wish they'd all work together, other than the bit about colluding on SMS pricing.

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