Apple Doesn't Allow Carriers to Offer LTE iPhone 5 Before Approving Its Network
Apple does not allow carriers to offer a LTE iPhone 5 until their network passes the company's independent tests, according to a Telecoms report.
Swisscom confirmed to the site that "Apple only enables 4G access after testing their device on an operator’s live network." Although the company launched its LTE network this week the iPhone 5 wasn't offered as an LTE device. "Apple will provide a software update in due course," the firm said in a press release.
Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of NorthStream says he was “shocked” when told about the policy. Nordstrom said it proved "who is running the industry" and noted that "Apple have put themselves in the driving seat; it’s really changing the game."
Alcatel Lucent CTO Marcus Weldon told Telecoms.com that, although Apple had got “a bit big for its boots”, the policy proves the importance of the network in the mobile experience.
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