Policy and Tech Innovations Take Center Stage at CCA’s Annual Convention


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From making additional spectrum available for wireless carriers to policies that preserve and expand mobile broadband for rural America – there’s lots of activity on Capitol Hill and across the Administration that will affect both carriers and consumers.

CCA’s 2018 Annual Convention, October 1-3 in Orlando, will address policy issues facing competitive carriers including the Mobility Fund II, spectrum, infrastructure deployment and cyber security.

Carriers need to access additional spectrum frequencies to meet consumer’s insatiable demand for data services and must access to low-, mid-, and high-band spectrum to deploy next- generation mobile broadband services and eventually 5G.  Keynotes and conference programming at the Convention will examine current legislation, regulations and spectrum availability and also focus on the realities of getting to 4G, LTE and 5G with topics addressing narrow band technology and IoT and data.

With the FCC gearing up to kick-start its first-ever auction of millimeter-wave spectrum, executives from CBNL, C Spire and T-Mobile, will assess the future of the millimeter-wave swell during a panel Tuesday, October 2.

Also on October 2, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr will deliver keynote remarks followed by a panel, The Evolution & Revolution of a New Mobile Era; IMS and VoLTE,with industry leaders (as of July 30) from Ericsson, Huawei Technologies USA, and Interop Technologies, who will share how best to determine future network investments and capitalize with new offerings.

From the Administration, Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and Administration, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the principal agency responsible for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy, David Redl will also deliver keynote remarks. As the agency looks at federal use of spectrum and policies to support broadband deployment in rural America, his address is not one to miss.

A CEO Roundtable Keynote Panel on October 3 will examine what’s next for regional and small carriers, and will look at what the next generation of wireless innovation, 5G, IoT and narrow band will mean to competitive carriers. The panel will include Stephen Bye, president, C Spire; Michael Prior, president & CEO, ATN International; Patrick Riordan, chief strategy officer, Nsight and former CEO, Cellcom; and Ron Smith, president Bluegrass Cellular.

CTO’s from Cellular One of AZ, Nsight and Carolina West Wireless will gather for a roundtable to discuss the challenges they face every day – security, bandwidth, infrastructure – and how they are preparing their networks for the future.

Back by popular demand the Start-Up Showcase will return to the exhibit hall featuring emerging companies who will meet with mobile carriers and connect with technology innovators. The first eight companies to register will have the opportunity to present their product or solution during a special session and the audience will vote for its favorite. The winner will be announced on the exhibit hall floor.

CCA will be facilitating collaborative meetings for carriers with CFOs and CMOs to discuss opportunities, challenges and best practices in today’s competitive marketplace. Executives will be on hand to share ideas and strategies for wireless carriers to more effectively manage financial, operations and marketing divisions.

The Convention’s conference program will explore the latest trends and technologies and will focus on narrow band technology, security, IoT and data and explore how networks are accommodating the latest applications. Partner conference programming will take place on October 2.

Be sure to join us in Orlando for the CCA’s 2018 Annual Convention. With nearly 100 competitive carriers represented, and a host of networking and learning opportunities, CCA events are the premier destination for conducting business and driving innovation in the North American mobile market.

July 31, 2018

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