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U.S. carriers battle over cutting-edge network features

Stephen Lawson | March 23, 2011
Tech chiefs agree on the need to expand capacity but differ on issues like lightweight radios and spectrum sharing

Azzi, whose company shares a huge pool of spectrum licenses with Clearwire and resells that carrier's WiMax services, backed the idea and restated Sprint's support for its joint network-building strategy with Clearwire. "It works for us," he said.

All three executives agreed on the goal of interoperability for mobile videoconferencing among the carriers. Verizon's Melone said being able to hold video calls with friends and colleagues regardless of service provider could make videoconferencing take off the way SMS (Short Message Service) did after U.S. carriers made it work across their networks. He said Verizon is working with Alcatel on this technology and should have it available in the second half of 2012.

"We'll have it the day before Tony does," Donovan quipped.

 

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