Although Apple's iPad has yet to hit the market, the Federal Communications Commission has expressed concern over its potential impact on AT&T's 3G network.
Without naming AT&T, which has secured a carrier deal for the tablet device, Phil Bellaria, director of scenario planning, and John Leibovitz, deputy chief of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, outlined their concerns in an FCC blog post Monday:
With the iPad pointing to even greater demand for mobile broadband on the horizon, we must ensure that network congestion doesn't choke off a service that consumers clearly find so appealing, or frustrate mobile broadband's ability to keep us competitive in the global broadband economy.
, one of which enables both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. Amid widespread concern that iPhone data service use has been overwhelming AT&T's 3G network, the FCC may have that the 3G iPad, also set to use AT&T's network in the United States, may exacerbate AT&T's perceived wireless-connectivity issues.
Cities in which the smartphone enjoys noticeable popularity, including New York and San Francisco, NAMM music show in Anaheim, Calif., has reportedly brought AT&T's network to its knees.by outages, dropped calls, delayed messages, slow Web access, and service interruptions. Heavy use of the phone's data services at large trade shows ranging from in Austin, Texas, and the
In announcing its quarterly earnings in January,, a 100 percent gain over the last year. Analysts are predicting that Apple could sell between 2 million and 5 million iPads in the first year. Obviously, between that and the continued sales of the iPhone, AT&T's network could quickly feel the strain. However, Apple seems to be standing by AT&T.
"As you know, AT&T has acknowledged they're having issues in a few cities" and are working on a plan to correct them, Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said during the company's earnings conference call. "We have personally viewed these plans, and we have high confidence that they'll make significant progress in addressing them."