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CTIA Day 3: Kutcher Suggests Carriers Beware of the OTTs

May 23, 2013 2:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ashton Kutcher has some advice for wireless carrier executives: change is coming. The actor and investor mulled a range of issues relating to mobility during a Day 3 keynote at CTIA 2013 on Thursday. Kutcher, who is known for his acting talents, has also built an impressive resume of successful investments in technology companies...

CTIA Day 3: Rob Mesirow Talks Super Mobility and Beyond

May 23, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As CTIA 2013 comes to a close today, the Association's Vice President of Operations, Rob Mesirow, already has his sights set on 2014. He's really hoping attendees at the show have seen the prevalent signage around the Sands Expo in Las Vegas announcing the Super Mobility Week set for September 9 next year...  

CTIA 2013 Show Daily: Day 1

May 22, 2013 10:50 am | Articles | Comments

Welcome to the Tuesday, May 21 edition of WIRELESS WEEK’s CTIA 2013 Show Daily featuring highlights from day one of this year’s conference and exhibition. Click here for complete coverage of today’s news and events. And for even more coverage of the wireless marketplace visit


NSN Launches Smart Networks for Smartphones

May 22, 2013 10:37 am | by Brad Smith | News | Comments

Talk to someone with Nokia Siemens Networks and you’ll find out they consider the mobile network to be a thinking, almost human, thing. Especially when the network is talking to a smartphone. NSN announced at CTIA 2013 Tuesday new software applications that let networks more easily manage...

CTIA Day 1: Interim FCC Chair Clyburn Addresses CTIA

May 22, 2013 10:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CTIA’s day one keynote session Tuesday opened with the mantra “Prepare for tomorrow. Get smarter. Think big.” That was CTIA CEO Steve Largent’s advice for all attendees this year. The tomorrow he saw was highlighted by the $800 billion increase in GDP that could come from the government making an additional 500 MHz...

PCIA Moves Fall Show to Spring in 2014

May 17, 2013 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Wireless Infrastructure Association (PCIA) today announced that it will be moving its annual fall show to the spring in 2014. According to a press release, PCIA's has moved its fall show, which will take place October 7-10 in 2013, to May 19-22 in 2014 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida...

CTIA Partners with Home Builders Association for 2014 Super Show

May 14, 2013 9:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As promised, CTIA continues to announce partnerships in conjunction with its 2104 "Super Mobility Week." The Wireless Association today announced partnerships with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) 2014 “Design and Construction Week” (DCW) and Parks Associates for its new show...

U.S. Operators Drop $30.1B in CapEx in 2012

May 3, 2013 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Although the United States accounts for just 5 percent of total global wireless subscribers, American Wireless providers accounted for 25 percent of the world's total wireless capital expenditures, according to a new report from CTIA...


Wheeler Appointment Gets Applause All Around

May 2, 2013 10:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

President Obama's appointment of longtime wireless veteran Tom Wheeler as the next chairman of the FCC was met with applause from most of the industry. CTIA president and CEO Steve Largent said in statement that Wheeler has a "deep understanding of communications issues...

CTIA's John Walls: My Experience at the Boston Marathon

April 25, 2013 1:33 pm | by John Walls, Vice President of Public Affairs, CTIA | Articles | Comments

Like most of us, I use my wireless device every day—email, text, talk, “surf”. All of the usual stuff. But on the afternoon of April 15, my smartphone was transformed into the most precious and helpful tool I’ve ever needed, giving me invaluable connectivity to the world outside of the chaos surrounding me...

CTIA Stresses More Spectrum as FCC Changes Leadership

April 4, 2013 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent says he doesn't care who succeeds FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski so long as the next appointee continues to push for more spectrum. "Our goals and objectives for this year haven't changed that much... 

FCC Chairman Genachowski Announces Resignation

March 22, 2013 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his resignation today, saying he will step down in the "coming weeks." Genachowski, a Democrat, was confirmed in June of 2009, succeeding then Republican chairman Kevin J. Martin. Genachowski's tenure as Chairman was...

LTE Just the Beginning of the Network Evolution

March 5, 2013 12:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

There's no question that LTE is where it's at if you're an operator. According to a recent report from 4G Americas, more than 150 operators globally have now launched LTE services in 67 countries, 50 of which were launched in the past five months. That's not just a trend it's a technological paradigm shift...


MobileSmarts February: Enterprise Eyes the Many Perks of BYOD

March 1, 2013 9:52 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

From now until the CTIA 2013 conference (May 21-23), CTIA and Wireless Week will be bringing you a bi-weekly newsletter aimed at getting you up to speed on the topics and issues that wireless industry will address this year. From BYOD to Next-Gen networks to apps and the connected home, we'll cover it all.

CCA, CTIA Shake, Move Forward on 2014 Shows

February 21, 2013 9:29 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA), formerly the Rural Carriers Association (RCA), and CTIA today announced that their organizations have reached an agreement of cooperation to ease the friction created by the two organizations’ overlapping conferences scheduled for September 2014...

CTIA Announces Keynotes for May Show, Including Ashton Kutcher

February 7, 2013 9:26 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

CTIA announced the roster of keynote speakers for its 2013 spring show including U.S. Cellular CEO Mary Dillon, Telefonica S.A. COO Jose Marie Alvarez-Pallete Lopez, Deutsche Telekom Chief Product and Innovation Officer Thomas Kiessling and Ashton Kutcher, tech venture capitalist and portrayer of Steve Jobs in the upcoming film jOBS.

Shriek! Texts on Missing Kids Startle Cell Users

February 1, 2013 10:51 am | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

The next time a child is abducted near you, your cell phone may shriek to life with an alert message. A new national Amber Alert system officially rolled out earlier this month to millions of cell phones, and because the alerts are automatically active on most newer phones, the messages...

Largent Slams NYT Op-Ed Piece

January 31, 2013 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA President and CEO Steve Largent slammed an opinion piece, "How to Get America Online", which was published by New York Times. In the piece, Times contributor Susan Crawford argues that access to Internet services...

FCC Actions Aim to Accelerate Broadband Deployment

January 28, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The FCC on Friday announced a number of new actions that it hopes will help accelerate the deployment of wireless broadband, by removing barriers from a number of areas in the build-out of new networks. On Friday, the Commission announced new rules...

Carriers Spat Over Spectrum Weighting

January 10, 2013 2:59 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It seems everyone agrees that the FCC needs to simplify its spectrum screen, but there's a big division on exactly how that should be done. Such was the case in a spate of comments filed with the FCC this past week. AT&T and Verizon Wireless come down on the "light touch" side of things...

CTIA, IFA Partner for "Borderless" Show

January 9, 2013 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA and IFA announced that they are joining forces on what the two organizations are calling the world’s first "borderless" trade show in 2014. IFA is an annual consumer electronics and home appliances tradeshow based in Berlin, which is now reaching its 52nd edition...

CTIA Announces 2014 'Super Show'

January 2, 2013 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

CTIA today announced plans to merge its spring and fall shows, creating what the association is referring to as a “super” mobile industry trade show. Beginning in 2014, CTIA will combine the best of its CTIA Wireless show, which is focused on technology and consumer electronics and its recently...

OTI Report Suggests Data Caps Result of Decreasing Competition

December 17, 2012 11:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A new report from the Open Technology Institute (OTI) suggests that carrier implemented data caps are unnecessary and a result of decreasing competition in the U.S. wireline and wireless markets. The report claims that the technical or engineering rationale...

Wireless Amber Alerts Move to WEA Program Dec. 31

December 14, 2012 10:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wireless Amber Alerts will migrate over to the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) program at the beginning of 2013. CTIA, The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Syniverse announced today that on December 31, 2012, the Wireless Amber Alerts program will end operations...

Zipcar Lays Out Car Sharing’s Mobile Future

October 10, 2012 5:47 am | by Maisie Ramsay | News | Comments

During a Tuesday keynote address, CEO Scott Griffith described Zipcar’s adoption of mobile technology and plans to expand its mobile app.

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