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Keynote Program at Mobile Carriers Show to Focus on 5G Deployment and Assembling the Ideal Broadband

Washington, D.C. – Executives from Appalachian Wireless, Cellcom, Ericsson, Inland Cellular, Interop Technologies, Mavenir, Nokia, Syniverse, T-Mobile and U.S Cellular will take the keynote stage at CCA’s Mobile Carriers Show (MCS) to discuss updates in 5G deployment and the ideal broadband toolbox for rural America. Mobile Carriers Show will take place April 11-13 in Tampa, Florida.

FierceWireless is back at MCS with its Executive Panel. This opening keynote, sponsored by T-Mobile, will delve into the current status of 5G deployments and discuss concerns that carriers still face. Spectrum availability, FCC broadband mapping, opportunities in fixed wireless, and government funding for broadband will be topics of this robust discussion.

Steven K. Berry, CEO and president of CCA, will open the keynote program on April 12 and introduce, Assembling the Ideal Broadband Toolbox for Rural America. The keynote discussion is divided into two parts – network equipment, and software and services that are crucial to bringing broadband connectivity and services to rural regions of the United States.

“We are delighted to have a robust keynote program planned for CCA’s 2022 Mobile Carriers Show. 5G deployment and tools and strategies that help competitive carriers to bridge the digital divide are timely and important issues,” said Berry. “Leading executives from carriers and infrastructure providers will share their insights and experiences on how our industry can secure connectivity, access capital, and meet the growing consumer demand for broadband services.”

FierceWireless Executive Panel – Tuesday, April 12 from 8:30 – 9:15 am 5G deployments have started in earnest by major operators but plenty of work remains. With recent spectrum auctions, what does spectrum availability look like for smaller and rural providers? How is progress going on FCC broadband mapping and efforts to fix inaccurate data? Panelists will discuss these topics and more, such as opportunities for fixed wireless in the 5G era and leveraging new government funding for broadband. Speakers include: - Allen Gillum, CEO/General Manager, Appalachian Wireless - Brighid Riordan, CEO, Nsight - Steve Sharkey, VP, Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile - Grant Spellmeyer, VP, Government Affairs, U.S. Cellular - Bevin Fletcher, editor, FierceWireless, moderator Assembling the Ideal Broadband Toolbox for Rural America Part I: Network Equipment - Tuesday, April 12 from 1:00 - 1:45 pm Mobile broadband connectivity to rural America is a priority for everyone and while progress is underway, with billions of dollars set for broadband investment, there is more work to be done. Panelists will discuss network equipment solutions and partnerships available for smaller carriers to bring needed mobile services to rural America. Speakers include: - Ed Alfonso, EVP and GM, mobile networks, Nokia Americas - Eric Boudriau, SVP & GM of Customer Unit Regional Carriers, Ericsson North America - Chip Damato, EVP, Inland Cellular - Loris Zaia, VP Major Accounts, Mavenir - Mike Dano, editorial director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, Light Reading, moderator Part II: Software & Services - Wednesday, April 13 from 9:30 - 10:15 am Bringing mobile broadband to rural America is more than just providing a connection; it's also about meeting consumer demand. Panelists will discuss the available services and software that competitive carriers can deploy to meet consumer demand and come one step closer to closing the digital divide. Speakers include: - Rick Brooks, CTO & VP of Engineering, Cellcom - Kathiravan Kandasamy, Senior Product Management Director, Syniverse - Steve Zitnik, EVP & CTO, Interop Technologies - Mike Dano, Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, Light Reading - moderator Mobile Carriers Show Educational Program On April 13, David Brodian, senior policy advisor, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will lead a session discussing the recently launched Communications Supply Chain Risk Information Partnership (C-SCRIP) that shares critical communications supply chain risk information with providers and suppliers of advanced communications equipment and services. The Mobile Carriers Show’s educational program will take place on April 13 and feature sessions that explore the needs of competitive carriers including access to spectrum, 5G and 6G technologies, cybersecurity, eSIM market adoption and monetization opportunities, customer loyalty and engagement, the impact of cloud native technologies, and best practices for serving the B2B marketplace. Sponsored sessions will take place on April 12 and 13 and be hosted by Award Solutions, BLiNQ Networks, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Open Tower, Paymentus, PowerTrunk, and TNS, among others. About CCA CCA is the leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. Members range from small, rural carriers serving fewer than 5,000 customers to regional and nationwide providers serving millions of customers, as well as vendors and suppliers that provide products and services throughout the wireless communications ecosystem. CCA’s 2022 Annual Convention will take place September 27-29 in Portland, Oregon. Visit @CCAMobile #MCS2022

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