CCA’s Opening Night: A Night Out at the Ballpark!
When: Monday, September 19th
Reception: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
First Pitch: 7:10 p.m.
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle, WA
Lead off CCA’s 2016 Annual Convention with a fun evening at the ballpark on Monday, September 19th . This once-in-a-lifetime experience starts with a private reception at Safeco Field filled with music, good food, and endless networking opportunities, and culminates in a game between the Seattle Mariners and the Toronto Blue Jays. Don’t miss this exceptional Seattle event available only to CCA Annual Convention attendees. Additional details to come. RSVP required.
FierceWireless Executive Breakfast: From 600 MHz to Millimeter Wave: The Future of Spectrum for 5G Wireless
The wireless industry can no longer be confined into a handful of standard cellular spectrum bands like 850 MHz and 1900 MHz. As demand blossoms and network traffic explodes, wireless carriers are expanding their operations into a large and growing number of spectrum bands that were once considered unusable or off-limits. The result may well be wireless operations in bands as low as 600 MHz and as high as 60 GHz, and include both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. But what will this mean for handset and network vendors? How can carriers maximize the unique traits of each of these spectrum bands to create ubiquitous, reliable networks? And what network technologies and techniques will operators turn to in order to set the foundation of 5G? Hear from industry leaders as they share what’s next in mobile technology and discuss smart strategies for maximizing network resources.
∙Monica Allevan, Editor, FierceWirelessTech – moderator
∙Hossam Hmimy, Senior Director, Mobile Networks and Technology, Ericsson North America
∙Michael S. Irizarry, PhD, EVP, CTO, Engineering and Information Service, U.S. Cellular
∙Ron Marquardt, VP, Technology, Innovation & Architecture, Sprint
∙Neville Ray, EVP & CTO, T-Mobile US
∙George Reed, SVP, Solutions & Marketing, Huawei Technologies, USA
Sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine
Sponsored by Palo Alto Networks
Sponsored by West
Sponsored by Fortegra
The cash crunch. Traditional revenue streams have been closed off, some to just a trickle. Just as text, data, and trade-in programs once marked new revenue streams, 2016 has brought fresh challenges and opportunities. What revenue should you be surfing to generate bigger profits?
Moderated by Fortegra National Director of Sales and Account Development Paul Dobbins, a panel of top industry experts will examine ways to counter the margin squeeze being felt by carriers across North America. This roundtable discussion will address ways to turn existing, underperforming programs into revenue winners. Plus, the panel will reveal new revenue opportunities recently making their way into the carrier space.
∙Paul Dobbins, Fortegra National Director of Sales and Account Development
CCA Annual Meeting
Luncheon Seminar: Keynote Remarks & CEO Roundtable
∙Steven K. Berry, CEO & President, CCA
∙Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman
∙Mike Sievert, COO, T-Mobile US
CEO Roundtable Speakers:
∙Hu Meena, President & CEO, C Spire
∙Michael Prior, President & CEO, ATN International
∙Patrick Riordan, President & CEO, Cellcom
∙Slayton Stewart, CEO, Carolina West Wireless
Partner Event: How to Generate Additional Revenue Streams with IoT
Sponsored by 151 Advisors
The Internet of Things (IoT) is turning everything from homes to clothing into sensors that collect data and can be used by consumers, retailers, enterprises or public institutions. BUT many wireless carriers and partners are still asking, “How do we make money in IoT?”
During this session, speakers will cut through the hype and show you how to generate additional revenue streams by offering and deployment IoT solutions. GPS trackers, smart home, network failover, router programs, smart vending, consumer IoT products and many more IoT solutions that can be easily sold and deployed through partnerships with leading IoT solutions vendors.
If you are thinking about adding new offerings to your current IoT solutions, join 151 to hear from leaders in lucrative IoT market that could help launch or expand your IoT go-to-market strategy!
Sponsored by CCA
Associate Member Meeting
Exhibit Hall Open
Washington State Wine-Tasting
Hot Buffet Breakfast
Steven K. Berry, President & CEO, Competitive Carriers Association
Morning Keynotes and Annual Achievement Awards
Keynote Remark Speakers:
∙Steven K. Berry, CEO & President, CCA
∙Ajit Pai, Commissioner, FCC
Keynote Panel: Roadmap to a Connected World
The Internet of Things (IoT) may be the way of the future, but many 5G building blocks and decisions are here now, and carriers need to know how to embrace these new technologies and monetize new services. What IoT and industrial IoT opportunities are currently available, and what should carriers expect in the future? Should carriers expect common IoT standards? Will competitive carriers have a platform to join the IoT revolution?
Leading industry experts will help answer these questions and share their thoughts on the roadmap to a connected world, including the key gating factors in reaching an IoT world in both rural and urban markets and steps carriers must take to seize the promise of 5G and IoT.
∙Chetan Sharma, Founder & President, Chetan Sharma Consulting – moderator
∙Tamara Casey, CTO, Ligado
∙Manish Jindahl, VP, Head of Strategy Development & Portfolio Management, Ericsson
∙Dr. Nermin Mohamed, VP, Solutions and Marketing, Huawei American Carrier Business Group
∙Michael Murphy, Global 5G Head of Technology, Nokia
With new technologies and services being brought to market at whirlwind paces, operators need to ensure more now than ever their business strategy will support new devices and connected services, all while being open to new partnerships and business models to support a new breed of customers.
With exponential growth in data network consumption and the arrival of IP-based voice services, new methodologies are needed to ensure the best possible subscriber experience. Understanding the differences of Quality of Experience (QoE) and Quality of Service (QoS) is vital to better manage customer expectations, measure network quality, and optimize capital spending. This session will provide real-world insights into how mobile carriers can gain better visibility into their customers’ experience, including network and device performance, while also meeting regulatory requirements.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s decision in the case of United States Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission will undoubtedly impact the landscape of the telecommunications ecosystem moving forward. Panelists will discuss ramifications on select policy issues in the wake of the Court’s decision including privacy, data roaming, Universal Service Fund reform, among others. This panel will provide an overview of this important milestone for consumers and mobile broadband Internet providers, and the landscape of the ecosystem moving forward.
Exhibit Hall Open
CCA Board of Director’s Meeting
What consumers want from their mobile provider continues to change as new services and technologies are made available both domestically, internationally, in home, in the car, and in the office. Mobile encompasses so many products and opens up new markets for mobile providers to create new revenues and increase their profits. Our esteemed group of panelists will provide real world services and technologies they have successfully deployed to help you better understand your role in this ever changing mobile landscape.
This session will highlight multiple options available to address the capacity and coverage challenges using small cells and HetNet. Key focus areas will include technical solution, deployment strategy, macro network integration, interference management and success criteria for small cell deployment. We will look at the emerging solutions for convergence of cellular and unlicensed spectrum including LAA, LWA, 3.5 GHz as well as the mmwave/small cell options as part of 5G networks of the future.
The wireless industry is ever-changing, and so are consumers. We have evolved from basic voice to complete communication and information, and business and carriers must keep their brands relevant to keep up. Your brand is valuable, but does it communicate who you are today and who you want to be tomorrow? Does your brand resonate with your customers and give you an advantage against your competitors? This session will attempt to answer these questions and also will address the components of a brand and strategies to strengthen your brand to improve awareness in your market.
Cybersecurity and privacy concerns are at the forefront of current regulatory and legislative initiatives. Indeed, players in the Internet ecosystem today are subject to a myriad of different regimes across various state laws, federal laws, and federal agency rules. This panel will discuss the ramifications of FCC’s proposed cybersecurity and privacy regimes, the relationship between the FCC and FTC, and how to balance the importance of consumer protection with the need for continued innovation.
RAN of the Future will bring ongoing evolution from LTE and LTE Advanced, with a combination on centralized and distributed architecture and increasing push towards NFV and SDN. Advanced antenna technologies like massive MIMO and dynamic beam forming will become more relevant for mmwave frequencies to enable extreme broadband speeds. HetNet and convergence of technologies integrating cellular and unlicensed spectrum will provide tremendous capacity boost, Carrier Aggregation across TDD and FDD and Multi connectivity devices will support seamless interworking across technologies. The RAN of Future will enable a plethora on new application and business models with an architecture supporting massive IoT. Ultra-low latencies will enable support of a diverse range of new use cases driving mission critical industrial automation, augmented and virtual reality and much more.
Discover how you can leverage social media and public relations to turn customers into loyal and engaged brand advocates. In this session you will hear about a variety of real social and PR campaigns that have been leveraged to do this. You’ll walk away with practical tips and action steps to bringing these brand engagement campaigns to life through the integrated use of Facebook, Twitter, video content, events, press, and contests.
With a few remaining legislative days before the upcoming November elections and a new Administration taking office soon, now is the time to advance policy priorities. Hot topics include allocation of unique spectrum resources, infrastructure deployment, privacy in business practices and cybersecurity of devices, and FCC oversight as the industry moves toward the Internet of Things, next generation technologies and 5G deployment. Panelists will provide an overview of topics at the forefront of Congressional and FCC priorities, and how the upcoming election will impact these policies moving forward.
Exhibit Hall Reception
Farewell Breakfast with the Experts