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Dec 12 2007   5:07PM GMT

AT&T feels open wireless pressure

Tom Nolle Tom Nolle Profile: Tom Nolle

AT&T has semi-affirmed an open wireless strategy, not going as far as Verizon but clearly going far enough to show that it feels the pressure. The company notes that GSM phones are compatible across networks through a SIM card, which offers some handset portability, but falls short of the complete open-if-certified model Verizon plans. We believe the AT&T comments reflect the reality that the mobile walled garden was breaking down under pressure from regulators, Google saw that and launched Android and OHA, and the operators are now responding, but more to the regulators than to Google. This is important because it likely means the regulatory pace of opening wireless will accelerate in 2008 given relative lack of operator pressure. The comments came as AT&T issued an upbeat forecast for the coming year.

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  • Jacomo
    The Openess of these two carriers is limited to their Net Technology. VW will be open to any CDMA based CellPhone and AT&T will be open to any GSM based Phone. This is not open. AT&T is also not going to be required to open their 700Mhz Spectrum based network due to the fact that it resides in the Lower Band 700Mhz License area that the FCC has not required to be OPEN as the Upper Band C Block being auctioned. VW will be required to be open for Handsets as well as applications, as long as they are CDMA/EV-DO based products.
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