March 8, 2016 — Showcasing the technology revolution happening across the mobile ecosystem, Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) heads to Nashville in April with the inaugural edition of the Mobile Carriers Show (MCS), an evolution of CCA’s Global Expo. MCS is dedicated to highlighting the diversity of the North American wireless sector, and showcasing the innovations driven by carriers of all sizes in partnership with technology developers. The event takes place April 13-15 at Music City Center.
An expanded exhibit floor will feature specialized topic areas, including an IoT Connection Zone produced by 151 Advisors with companies presenting case studies focused on agriculture, fitness, health, connected home, and fleet and asset tracking. Throughout the exhibit hall, attendees will see the latest offerings from software companies, infrastructure providers and developers who want to sell to the largest group of carriers in North America.
“Each year, our attendees and exhibitors cite the quality of leads and ability to develop lasting business partnerships at CCA’s events as a major reason they keep coming back,” said Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of CCA. “With an expanded exhibit floor and ability to see the latest technologies in action, Mobile Carriers Show promises to expand further the opportunities for our attendees to do business and reach the influencers.”
Keynote sessions, conference tracks and the show floor will feature solutions – and visions – for the hottest topics in mobile and technology today, including: Internet of Things (IoT); emergency preparedness; mobile video; telemedicine; the connected home; and 5G. The show floor also provides a venue for technology vendors, infrastructure and backhaul providers, handset, device and app developers and other industries focused on mobility to reach the North American competitive carrier market, which spends over $15 billion annually on products and services related to the wireless industry.
The Keynote program will feature insights from the leading tech innovators in the mobile ecosystem today, focusing on topics as diverse as 5G, the incentive auction, emergency preparedness and first responder communications, to consumer applications for the connected home.
On Wednesday, April 13 a Keynote CTO Roundtable will examine how networks will connect in the 4G and 5G world. And on Thursday April 14, Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of CCA, will address attendees followed by TJ Kennedy, president of FirstNet, who will provide an update on the progress of FirstNet including state consultations and the vision of the request for proposal. A keynote panel, The State of the Industry through the Eyes of Leading Innovators, will examine the explosion of IoT and the 600 MHz incentive auction as well as how carriers can meet video IoT and consumer demand. Panelists include: Stephen Bye, CTO, C Spire; Tamara Casey, CTO, Ligado Networks; Glenn Laxdal, CTO, Head of Strategy for North America, Ericsson; Dr. Mohamed Madkour, VP marketing, Huawei Wireless Network Product Line. Session moderator will be Jason Marcheck, research director, Current Analysis.
FierceWireless Executive Breakfast: Preparing for 5G
MCS continues CCA’s long partnership with FierceWireless, featuring the latest Executive Breakfast, entitled, “5G: How Operators Can Prepare Today for the Network of the Future,” on Wednesday, April 13. The discussion, moderated by Mike Dano, editor in chief, FierceWireless, includes executives from Ericsson, Nokia, Sprint and T-Mobile. The panel will examine new innovations in network technology that can help carriers enhance their coverage and meet market demands as they prepare for 5G.
With nearly 100 competitive carriers represented, and a host of networking and learning opportunities, MCS is poised to become the premier venue for doing business in the North American mobile market.