Apple is looking for telephony software engineers to work on iOS. Judging by the list of experience requirements in the postings, Apple is looking to add voice-over-IP capabilities to the iPhone and iPad operating system’s ever-growing feature set. Is a voice service in the offing?
A Senate subcommittee pressed Verizon and Comcast on two big questions Wednesday: Are they colluding to drive up broadband prices? And does Verizon really need the spectrum it’s buying from the cable operators, or is it just placing it out of competitors’ grasp?
AT&T has cheaper plans, but Verizon has far better LTE coverage. As for speed, they match each other megabit per megabit — unless you happen to live in Chicago, Los Angeles or any city where AT&T’s networks are undersized.
T-Mobile USA is asking the Federal Communications Commission to require that all LTE devices in the 700 MHz band be interoperable, a requirement that would benefit a bunch of small operators. Ironically, one carrier that benefits little from the rule change is T-Mobile.
The AT&T-Mo saga wasted countless dollars and resources, dominating the attention of regulators and the wireless industry for a year, but AT&T’s failure more than made up for those losses. We now have more fearsome regulation and a greater awareness of the mobile market’s precarious competitive state.
The most popular articles on Pro this week focused on shake-ups in the wireless industry, especially in light of the failed AT&T/T-Mobile merger, the continued rise of Wi-Fi usage in enterprise and how social media is changing communication in the workplace.
Today’s must-read comes from Fierce Wireless’s Lynette Luna, who examines how carriers are beginning to embrace Wi-Fi as a way to deliver data while minimizing traffic on their networks. Network operators are looking for Wi-Fi solutions that provide the kind of visibility and management functionality as their 3G and 4G networks, Luna writes, and vendors are scrambling to come up with those offerings. So while Wi-Fi is a simple way to offload traffic, it is still inferior to traditional cellular networks from the operators’ point of view.
My colleague Kevin Tofel posted this great piece this morning questioning whether 4G networks will change the mobile Web. After all, when mobile network speeds approach or exceed fixed-line speeds, will there really be any need for dedicated mobile sites? I think the answer is yes, for two reasons: firstly, mobile devices still take longer to load content than PCs do, so a stripped-down site is often better for on-the-go usage. But while that technological hurdle will be overcome in time, there[s also the question of use cases: most of us are looking for different stuff when we use the mobile Web. So for most companies, a dedicated mobile site that takes into account those differences will always be necessary.