UPDATE: An AT & T spokesperson gave us the following explanation:
We are investigating the GSMA Processes to develop eSIM standards aware of a better experience for consumers. Together with other GSMA members, we have provided information to the government on their requests and will continue to work proactively within the GSMA, including those who disagree with the proposed standards in order to advance this issue.
News has broken This afternoon, the US Department of Justice has launched an investigation into antitrust concerns and potential collusion between Verizon and AT & T to prevent the adoption and progress of eSIM. Apple Watch and iPad both use eSIM technology and Apple is reportedly one of several manufacturers who have expressed concerns about the DOJ.
In a report from The New York Times details include the possibility that Verizon and AT & T (the two leading US mobile operators) also worked to bring eSIM technology to standards Block the GSM industry group, the GSMA
Anonymous sources told NYT that official complaints had been filed about five months ago, and two months ago, the DOJ issued demands to AT & T, Verizon and the GSMA , The Department of Justice declined to comment on NYT .
The study focuses on whether the country's largest mobile operators, working with the GSMA, secretly attempted to unfairly influence mobile technology in a way that affected competition and consumers, and innovation in the broader world Mobile industry hindered.
The report finds that the two operators serve approximately 70% of US mobile subscribers, and that eSIM technology facilitates network operators' transition
Apple has been integrating eSIM technology into its iPads for some time now now also offers the Apple Watch Series 3. Notably, Verizon does not allow iPad users to activate the mobile service with the eSIM and AT & T lock devices that use the eSIM. Google's Pixel 2 smartphones and Microsoft's Surface devices also use eSIM technology, indicating that these companies may also have had complaints.
Verizon replied to the matter, saying that it was all "a lot of noise for nothing."
In a statement, a Verizon spokesman confirmed that the carrier had worked with the Department of Justice for several months on the investigation of "ad disagreements with a few telephone equipment manufacturers regarding the development of eSIM standards." He said the problem was " Much ado about nothing. "
AT & T and the GSMA did not want to answer.
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