Earlier today, we had reported on the possibility of Apple partnering with Verizon in the launch of a subsidized Apple Tablet.
Now, it appears that Verizon might not be the only partner carrier. Folks at Boy Genius Report have indicated that AT&T too could be playing a part in the launch.
According to sources, AT&T has been working on a few changes in their network and regional executives are being informed of the same. Apparently, this is being done in order to prep the network ahead of the launch of a few "unannounced devices" that will use "heavy data". While these statements do not imply anything definitive, it is still probable that the device in question is Apple Tablet considering that this is one of the very few devices launching in the short term that will consume a lot of data.
Having said that, there are other worries for AT&T too; primarily with respect to the possible timing of launch. As reported earlier, Kaufman analyst Shaw Wu has noted that Apple could be facing a shortage of component supplies in the coming months which could delay the launch of the Tablet till June. In such an eventuality, Apple could possibly be launching the Tablet and iPhone 4G around the same time – a potentially nightmarish situation for the carrier thanks to the sudden spike in the number of data consuming devices.
AT&T has faced a lot of challenges and ridicule in the past owing to their poor network. Though the company has been building a next-generation infrastructure, which is expected to become operable nationwide by the end of the year, doubts regarding the carrier's service levels remain.
What do you think? Will the launch of a Tablet deteriorate AT&T's network even further? Tell us what you think in the comments.
[via Boy Genius Report]