In yesterday’s Senate hearing one topic that kept on repeating more than any other was spectrum. AT&T’s argument has been that there just isn’t enough of it on its network to keep its customers happy. To explain what spectrum is and how it works the carrier released this video:
Essentially what is being said is, since the iPhone was launched in 2007, and smartphones have become much more widespread, the network simply can’t handle the amount of devices using its spectrum. Only so many new towers/masts can be built and 4G can’t come quick enough. The deal with Deutche Telecom would enable AT&T to use T-mobile’s spectrum, creating a larger and more efficient network. It will also enable the carrier to build up a 4G LTE infrastructure. This should lead to a much better experience for iPhone users. Fewer dropped calls, faster download speeds, better coverage.