Apple wants to make sure that their handset works well across any network it’s on. Yeah, yeah, make any jokes you want about your current carrier. Every carrier has its problems. However, Apple requires LTE carriers to undergo their testing before they will allow for it to be available on their network as an LTE device.
Here’s a portion of the report:
“Telecoms learned of the previously unreported testing protocols from Swisscom, Switzerland’s Bern-based telecommunications giant. “Apple only enables 4G access after testing their device on an operator’s live network,” a Swisscom spokesperson told Telecoms.”
Basically, they can sell the iPhone 5, but require Apple testing to market the handset an LTE phone. Perhaps they want to meet high standards? Or it’s possible that the problems with the iPad in Australia made them put their guard up.