Monday, March 21, 2011

AT&T buys TMobile. Well done AT&T!

AT&T's acquisition of TMobile is a really strong home run. This acquisition means that AT&T will control all of the current 3G GSM/TDMA technology in the US. They have a technology that is compatible and with this merger they will leapfrog Verizon Wireless in subscribers and more importantly bandwidth. Over time this could have a bigger boost to AT&T in the form of a better reputation in network coverage and reliability.

To date Verizon Wireless has for the most part been on top when it comes to bandwidth and reliability. Now with the combined networks of the existing AT&T (formarly Cingular [or SBC and Bellsouth Celluar]) and TMobile, AT&T may actually have the upper hand.

Now all of this is of course pending approval of both the SEC and the FCC so there is going to be some talk about this in all of the media channels used by politicians. My take is that it's a smart move. It's not too big to be blocked this time but another merger of this size would be more difficult and protracted. In other words a merger of the two CDMA networks in the US will have more scrutiny than this one will.

That said, I'm not so sure Verizon Wireless is really interested in going after Sprint. They just acquired Alltell Wireless in 2009 and they are busy deploying their new nationwide 4G network based on the latest TDMA technology called LTE. It is being deployed using the new 700 MHz spectrum license bought at auction from the FCC. The folks at Verizon Wireless have enough on their plate right now and the new spectrum will compete nicely with combined AT&T/TMobile network.

My guess is that it will go through. It will take some time, like until 2013 or later but it will go through. Overall this is a much better deal than a TMobile/Sprint deal if simply for the compatibility of the networks. Not to sound to ominous I think we are headed towards a duopoly of national cellular carriers. The winners are AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Vzw will buy Sprint or Sprint will go under. That might take another five years or more but ultimately we'll end up those two carriers so get used to it.

There's my two cents.

Fail! Yes Dorthy there is a CDMA iPhone

OK so I said that there wouldn't be a CDMA iPhone and I admit it I was wrong. Hey I don't always get it right.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Hotel Resin - You can sign in but you can't sign out.

I'm working on a project that uses resin 3.0.6 and have found that there is a bug in session management. The server won't always notify HttpSessionListeners of a session timing out. The fix is to upgrade to Resin 4.0.13. Great idea. Oh I've got an idea. Howa about fixing the version we've got?