It’s a big deal when you’re the CEO of a company whose networks are straining under iPhone 4 pre-orders, dropped calls, and overall spotty 3G performance. Yet Randall Stephenson remains optimistic about the future of AT&T and Apple, and had rather positive things to say about Apple’s iPad.
“… our objective is just to mobilize everything. Whether it’s in the home or the workplace, this is a device that really lets you think differently about mobilizing all of the applications that you see in business.”
Stephenson notes his eagerness to work with business partners interested in iPads, and is “excited” about selling the device in his network.
About that network, Stephenson had this to say:
“The demand was really impressive, and it had an effect on voice quality. We have been going hard at the voice quality issue in New York, and made tremendous progress. And so, we’re getting to a point where voice quality is getting to where it should be, and mobile broadband is the fastest in the nation. as measured by any number of independent people.”
Voice quality with the iPhone has generally been terrible in certain parts of the country, and there are inconsistent reports on whether AT&T’s network is actually improving. The general consensus it is getting better, though many impatient AT&T subscribers want it now - this is currently the biggest issue. Fortunately, AT&T’s MicroCell (video automatically plays at link) alleviates issues when at home, though it’s an expensive fix.