Orlando, October 2, 2018 – Competitive Carriers Association’s (CCA) 2018 Annual Convention opened today with keynote addresses from FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information David J. Redl addressing the path to 5G and bringing more spectrum to market. CCA’s Annual Convention takes place this week, October 1-3 at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.
In his keynote address FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr addressed closing the digital divide by unleashing more spectrum for mobile use and infrastructure reform. He discussed the importance of continued growth, infrastructure investment, and the need to bring better connectivity to rural communities. He stressed that winning race to 5G will be not be measured by seeing deployments in major cities alone – but success will be measured when all Americans have access to next generation broadband, regardless of their zip code.
Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information David J. Redl discussed the Administration’s focus on access to spectrum, broadband mapping, and rural deployment. He affirmed commitment to making broadband available to rural America by streamlining the permitting process, making federal assets available to support challenges, and supporting broadband investment with loans and grants. He added that the Administration is committed to making 5G a reality and acknowledged of efforts of mobile carriers to make America first in 5G.
A keynote panel followed, The Evolution & Revolution of a New Mobile Era – IMS and VoLTE, and focused on network evolution, investments, and capitalizing new offerings. Panelists included William “Bill” Levy, VP of sales, Huawei Technologies USA; Han Schiet, IMS product management director, Nokia; Jan Söderström, VP and head of technology office Silicon Valley, Ericsson; Josh Wigginton, VP of product management, Interop Technologies. Sean Kinney, editor-in-chief, RCR Wireless moderated.
“We are delighted to welcome FCC Commissioner Carr and Dept. of Commerce Assistant Secretary Redl to our keynote stage,” said Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of CCA. “They commended CCA members for their role in building the broadband network which has allowed for unprecedented innovation and economic growth. They also reaffirmed their commitment to help to close the digital divide across the United States and promote policies that increase competition within the mobile carrier ecosystem.”
During the FierceWireless Executive Breakfast panel, Getting Ready for the 5G Wave – Millimeter and Beyond, panelists addressed the upcoming FCC millimeter-wave auction, rural deployments, and integration into existing networks. Executives included Paul Challoner, VP Network Product Solutions, Ericsson North America; John Godfrey, senior vice president, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America; Dr. John Naylon, CTO, co-founder, CBNL; Steve Sharkey, vice president, Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile; and Craig Sparks, chief innovation officer, C Spire. Mike Dano, editor-in-chief, FierceWireless, moderated.
CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation.
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CCA is the nation’s leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. CCA’s 2019 Mobile Carriers Show will take place April 8 – 10 in Denver and CCA’s 2019 Annual Convention will be held September 16 – 18 in Providence, RI. Visit http://www.ccamobile.org/.
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