Monday, June 26, 2006

Dean Bubley: Another problem for dual-mode and UMA

Dean Bubley posts at the Disruptive Wireless comments on the Italian Telecom regulator blocking "Telecom Italia from launching its upcoming dual-mode WiFi/cellular phone, called Unico." He thinks "this move is based on the notion that TI can't offer the product on a wholesale basis, and therefore it's anticompetitive. I'm not sure of the exact details of the regulatory regime around FMC in Italy, and I haven't heard of this sort of thing occurring elsewhere, although various people have discussed issues around FMC single bills being in something of a grey area."

Bubley writes:

I imagine that if the service offers customers some form of benefit (eg better coverage / lower prices) then there will probably be some sort of agreement made with the regulator eventually. However, the timing of this is a bit unfortunate for the already-beleagured UMA enthusiast fraternity, as it is another indicator of the narrowness of the window of opportunity - especially as I've already heard various TI people sing the praises of the next-generation of dual-mode technology, VCC.