Verizon CEO refuses to believe wireless carriers are doomed to be dumb-pipes

Ivan SeidenbergIn a recent interview, Verizon’s CEO proclaimed that not only will Verizon Wireless succeed in capturing a significant portion of US customers looking to get in on the mobile internet boom, but that wireless carriers will have the power to control emerging wireless service business models.Rather than coming to terms with his company’s, as well as wireless carriers around the world, demise in to dumb-pipe-dom, Ivan Seidenberg insists that wireless operators can maintain their strangle-hold on the wireless landscape -by forcing customers to choose in-house services over third-party service like push email, streaming video, etc.Seemingly bitter that Seidenberg essentially blew his chance to take full control of Verizon Wireless by buying out Vodafone’s 45% stake and then passing up the chance to be the exclusive US iPhone carrier, the Verizon Communications CEO goes on to deride Apple and Steve Jobs as nothing more than passing fads that will eventually “grow old.” While the iPhone hype may die down, as Ivan would like to see, there’s no getting around the fact that mobile operators will eventually be reduced to nothing more than network connections through which savvy consumers will be passing data in their quest for superior third-party services.Here’s the thing. It’s one thing to declare your company in great shape and having achieve fantastic success in recent years – both of which are true of Verizon Wireless’s growing business. But, it’s a completely different thing to proclaim that you have complete control over the direction that the wireless industry is headed. If I were a Verizon investor, I’d be wary of the company’s leadership looking to maintain unrealistic control over a continually changing wireless landscape. Ivan Seidenberg’s stubbornness against change may be more of a liability than an asset.[Via: FT]Image from DigitalDaily

  • KevinD

    Wow, got a thing against Seidenberg, do we?

    It’s getting more difficult each day to read this website, with its increasingly immature comments.

  • Raidium

    lol. Completely understandable. Yesterday there was a comment on a spelling error rather then the post itself. It’s ridiculous to see what some people post…

  • Steven

    Immature? What could be more immature than one CEO linking his company’s ablity to compete to the mortality of another CEO?

  • Sub Hunter

    He’s just pulling a Crazy Ivan move.

  • BlogReader

    What’s wrong with being a dumb pipe? The first carrier that says that is all they are going to do and let Google, iPhone, and whatever apps on their network is going to win.

    Verizon’s trying really hard to be AOL part 2 with their walled garden approach.

  • SIE

    I agree with the “walled garden” comment. It is the exact reason they lost my business last month. BTW they aren’t doing any big favors with the ETF fees like they claim. It was still $145 per phone after more than 1/2 the contract was fulfilled.

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