ATT Wireless Chief Urges Carriers to Play Nice
By Eric Lin, Fri Nov 21 22:30:00 GMT 2003

This week at Comdex, ATT Wireless CEO John Zeglis presented a keynote with his views on the state of wireless in America. Wireless has come pretty far in the last three years here, but it still has a ways to go. Among the current issues holding US carriers back are the sad state of spectrum allocation, and the lack of interoperability between carriers.

Our collective jaws are agape. The CEO of a carrier, one who until recently didn't even support SMS interop, just said "It's a group game and a team sport, as it has to be to grasp an opportunity this large," according to an article in Wireless Week. Whatever ATT's wake up call was, we hope that Mr. Zeglis forwarded the message to the CEOs of other wireless operators. While SMS now work between the major GSM carriers here, we still have a long way to go. There is no universal short code support yet, CDMA carriers still need to catch up on SMS, and from our rather unscientific tests MMS are still single network only.

Meanwhile in Europe, where MMS is working a little better now, the GSM Association announced that 100 carriers have signed on to the new MMS 1.2 spec. The statement claims carriers are already making strides to increase cross network compatibility. The new spec can't do much more for GSM carriers, but it does add compatibility with CDMA networks in addition to better compatibility for video and audio standards.