Apple testing carrier’s LTE networks

This week, however, a Swisscom spokesperson told that: “Apple only enables 4G access after testing their device on an operator’s live network.”


It proved, he said, “who is running the industry”, adding: “Apple have put themselves in the driving seat; it’s really changing the game quite a lot.”

Apple has exerted more control over carriers than any other handset maker. Before Apple, carriers had the control, and still do in a lot of cases.

  • gjgustav

    Good. Carrier control should be limited to providing you with service and charging you for it. What apps run on your phone or communicate over their network is none of their business.

  • Ben Randolph

    “The balance of power is maintained that way” – Tom Lehrer

  • Tvaddic

    Doesn’t that make sense test it, see if it works, then if it doesn’t do use it?

  • The Alcatel CTO’s comments strike me as a bit odd. He sounds like he’s complaining, but Apple’s driving sales of his product. Don’t want to anger the carriers (buyers), I suppose, even if you’re about the only game in town.