Verizon gets the iPhone. Does this mean data will be slower across all carriers?
Does the availability of the iPhone to Verizon's customers mean slower data service due to higher data demand? If so, what implications does this carry?
Michael Krigsman(CEO, Asuret Inc.)
Verizon has said that their network is already built out sufficiently to handle all mobile devices, which includes the iPhone. Therefore, if you believe them, there should be no slowdowns. On the hand, seeing is believing, and only time will tell for sure!
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Simon Kissler(Chief Technology Officer, IHETS)
I suspect the answer is maybe. Verizon has made huge investments recently in building out the critical backhaul component of their wireless installations, that said, there are both technically limiting challenges in high density areas such as metros and investment priority questions outside those metro areas and big city areas. If your area has been upgraded for backhaul and is generally correctly sized for bandwidth as I suspect a substantial area of the country likely is given Verizon's public affirmation, then you should not see any negative impact. I think it would be foolish to assume that there aren't significant areas where Verizon is gambling that demand won't increase (much). If they gamble wrong, you lose. It is part and parcel of the over-subscription game all utilities play and is an important factor when it comes to the cost of service as backhaul is a very substantial long term cost factor in the operating cost of a cell site.
As an aside, it is interesting to see differences in approach here. From what I have heard Verizon is actually investing in fiber optic to their cell sites, which has a very high upfront cost, but could position them for years if not decades to come with incredible flexibility. Other providers are using high bandwidth wireless backhaul to central sites, which is an interesting cost management strategy as it is much cheaper than fiber, but has several limitations and gambles inherent in the decision. Certainly a fascinating thing to see how it plays out for any enterprise/network architect who understands the constant trade-off between the ideal solution and cost benefit within the context of business strategy and priorities.
Cellco Partnership, doing business as Verizon Wireless, is the largest mobile network operator in the United States, providing wireless services to 119.450 million subscribers as of Q3 2013.