Washington, D.C., September 6, 2017 – With carriers focused on extending network capabilities in the coming 5G era, thought leaders across the wireless landscape will meet in Fort Worth to discuss the trends that will drive new mobile offerings when Competitive Carriers Association’s (CCA) 2017 Annual Convention – celebrating 25 years of advocacy – kicks off at the Fort Worth Convention Center, October 25-27.
“Over the past 25 years, the mobile industry has seen unprecedented, rapid growth, and the development of services and applications that our founding carrier members never could imagined in 1992,” said Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of CCA. “Today’s carriers are focused on building out new mobile broadband networks that will support technologies like drones and connected vehicles. At this year’s Annual Convention, everything from the show floor, to the keynote stage, to our educational sessions will be focused on sharing actionable intelligence and smart strategies for innovation.”
FierceWireless Executive Breakfast
The FierceWireless Executive Breakfast will take place on Wednesday, October 25 at 8:00 am CST with executives from C Spire, Ericsson North America, Nex-Tech Wireless and Sprint examining strategies for maximizing network capacity. The panel, entitled Where Will the Extra Network Capacity Come From? is sponsored by Sprint.
The keynote program will include executives from ATN International, Ericsson, Huawei, Nokia, Sprint, and T-Mobile who will address topics including the ways that carriers are innovating in their approach to servicing their customers and the critical need for access to mobile broadband services across North America. Speakers also will discuss technology and business approaches that help carriers maximize their current network infrastructure and plan for the future.
The keynote schedule and line-up will include:
Wednesday, October 25
12:00 pm CST – Callie Field, EVP Customer Care, T-Mobile
Thursday, October 26
8:30 am CST – Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, CCA
8:50 am CST – Panel: Expanding the Network: Big Opportunities for Small Town America
- Arun Bhikshesvaran, Head of Technology & Strategy, Ericsson North America
- Ken Borner, VP of Engineering and Network Operations, ATN International
- Gunther Ottendorfer, Chief Operating Officer, Technology, Sprint
- George Reed, SVP, Solutions and Marketing, Huawei Technologies USA
- Chris Stark, Chief Strategy and Business Development Officer North America, Nokia
- Marguerite Reardon, Senior Reporter, CNET, Moderator
Back by popular demand, the Start-up Pavilion on the exhibit floor will host companies that span numerous markets – from retail solutions, to security, bandwidth management, and business services. They include: Cellbie, EdgeMicro, i-Comm Connect and RapidSOS. The companies also will compete in a start-up showcase competition session attended by competitive carrier executives and attendees.
The conference program will include four tracks: Business Development, Marketing/Customer Service, Technical and Policy & Trends. Speakers representing the carrier, technology and regulatory sectors will explore the most pressing issues affecting competitive carriers, including the road to 5G, video streaming, customer retention, mobile marketing, and policy priorities such as infrastructure deployment, access to spectrum, and the Universal Service Fund.
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. Visit http://www.ccamobile.org/
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