Las Vegas, March 29, 2018 – With a focus on 5G, IoT and rural broadband, Competitive Carriers Association’s (CCA) 2018 Mobile Carriers Show (MCS) opened this week with a keynote program and exhibit floor that showcased the latest trends and policies impacting the mobile industry. MCS takes place March 27-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Opening today’s Keynote Program, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn addressed the importance of bringing robust connectivity to underserved and unserved rural communities. She noted that millions of Americans still lack full-time access to mobile broadband services and supported a Mobility Fund II program that will help provide rural communities with mobile broadband services comparable to their urban counterparts. Clyburn also spoke about the importance of leveling the playing field so all carriers have the opportunity to access critical inputs including spectrum and Mobility Fund II support that will help close the digital divide.
Steven K. Berry, president & CEO of CCA presented Commissioner Clyburn with CCA’s Hall of Fame Award for her work on behalf of competition, industry and most importantly, consumers.
John Smee, VP of Engineering for Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. examined the growth market and technical capabilities of 5G and use-cases for competitive carriers that will include user-generated content, cloud connected computing, connected vehicles, augmented reality and IoT. The work being done today and the investments being made will directly impact how carriers can expand their business opportunities.
Peter Lord, vice president of Strategic Initiatives for Oracle captivated the audience with an analysis and live demonstration of the data collected and used by Google from Android devices. His presentation showed the massive and detailed information collected by Google, often unbeknownst to, and paid by, the device owner, and he advocated for the mobile industry to start a policy conversation about data collection and personal privacy.
“We were delighted to have Commissioner Clyburn join us again at a CCA Event,” said Berry. “Her commitment to competitive policy issues, especially Mobility Fund II, roaming and interoperability – to name a few – has helped result in positive outcomes for consumers across the country. She is a true champion of competitive policies, and CCA shares her commitment to closing the digital divide in America. She is certainly a friend of CCA, and I was very pleased to present her with CCA’s Hall of Fame Award, as the inaugural member.
“I thank Qualcomm’s John Smee and Oracle’s Peter Lord for sharing the latest technology innovations, including the evolution of 5G and the impact that big data collection has on the industry and consumer privacy,” continued Berry. “Competitive carriers need a pathway to 5G to provide the very best services to their customers, and innovative solutions from companies like Qualcomm and Oracle will help them achieve that important goal.”
The FierceWireless Executive Breakfast returned to MCS with executives from Ericsson, Hogan Lovells, Public Knowledge and T-Mobile discussing spectrum utilization, the technology being implemented today and what lies ahead to meet growing network demands of a 5G/IoT nation.
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.
About CCA Events
CCA events bring the decision-makers in the competitive mobile ecosystem together for networking, learning and sharing best practices. The CCA Annual Convention will take place October 1-3, 2018 in Orlando. The 2019 Mobile Carriers Show will take place April 9-11 in Denver. Visit http://www.ccamobile.org/
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