NATE: The Communications Infrastructure Contractors Association said today that Dish Cofounder and Chairman Charlie Ergen and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr will participate in a keynote fireside chat at the NATE Unite 2022 Conference in Las Vegas. According to NATE, Jennifer Fritzsche, head of North American telecom and digital infrastructure at Greenhill & Co., will serve as the session moderator. Ergen and Carr are set to appear during the Dish-sponsored awards luncheon on Feb. 23 at Caesars Forum, NATE said.
“NATE Unite 2022 is widely regarded as the premier and most comprehensive educational conference and trade show in the diverse communications infrastructure industry,” a statement from NATE reads. “Conference attendees include representatives from contractor companies, engineering firms, wireless carriers, vertical realtors, manufacturers, distributors, public safety entities, technology firms, training companies, military organizations and educational institutions.”
NATE’s president and CEO, Todd Schlekeway, said that the conference would provide Ergen and Carr with a platform from which to speak directly to U.S. contractor company owners, technicians and vendors who build, service, maintain and deploy wireless and mobile broadband networks and related infrastructure.
“NATE UNITE 2022 being held in Las Vegas is well-timed to coincide with Dish preparing to activate service and make the city its first official 5G wireless market during the first quarter of 2022,” Schlekeway said.
Ergen said that Dish count on help that tower technicians provide.
“Dish would not be able to deploy America’s first cloud-based 5G network without our hardworking teammates in the tower industry,” he said. “We are grateful to NATE for providing this opportunity to connect and look forward to meaningful discussion with Commissioner Carr, Todd Schlekeway and conference attendees.”
Carr said that the individuals who build, service, maintain and deploy wireless networks have some of the toughest jobs.
“Their hard, often gritty work is critical for the buildout of 5G and has allowed us to continue to lead the world in wireless,” he said. “I look forward to speaking to these crews, and other attendees, about the work we can continue doing to ensure America keeps and extends its lead in 2022 and beyond.”
NATE has made available the conference’s schedule of events HERE. The organization said it invites companies interested in sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities to visit HERE. It said individuals interested in attending can register HERE. Conference attendees interested in participating in the Tower Family Foundation Golf Invitational can HERE.