Mobile Carriers Show: April 11-13, Explores Broadband Connectivity, Policy Issues

CCA’s Mobile Carriers Show to Explore Broadband Connectivity, Policy Issues, and Closing the Digital Divide

MCS 2022 Takes Place in Tampa, Florida April 11-13


Washington, D.C. – CCA’s Mobile Carriers Show, heads to Florida and will feature a series of keynote panels discussing 5G deployments, an educational program focused on business, technology, marketing, and policy issues, and an exhibit floor showcasing the latest products and services for the competitive mobile ecosystem. MCS will take place April 11-13 at the JW Marriott Water Street in Tampa, Florida. All keynotes will be live streamed and safety measures are in place. “We are delighted to host MCS 2022 in Tampa and to meet in person with colleagues to discuss policy issues and technology innovations affecting the mobile industry,” said Steven K. Berry, CEO and president of CCA. “Attendees will hear directly from carriers, senior decision makers, and infrastructure providers who will share their insights on how the mobile landscape is evolving and their perspectives on how the industry is working to advance broadband connectivity and accelerate closing the digital divide in America.” FierceWireless will open MCS with an executive keynote panel, 5G Deployments, Where Are We Now? on Tuesday, April 12 at 8:30 am that will focus on the current status of 5G, concerns that carriers still face, and policies and solutions that will help close the digital divide. The panel is sponsored by T-Mobile and speakers include: - Allen Gillum, CEO, General Manager, Appalachian Wireless - Brighid Riordan, CEO, Nsight (Cellcom) - Steve Sharkey, VP, Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile - Grant Spellmeyer, VP, Government Affairs, U.S. Cellular - Bevin Fletcher, Editor, FierceWireless, moderator Steven K. Berry, CEO and president of CCA, will open the afternoon 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. Part I: Network Equipment - Tuesday, April 12 from 1:00 - 1:50 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 - 10:20 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. Speakers include: - Rick Brooks, CTO & VP of Engineering, Cellcom - Kathiravan Kandasamy, Senior Product Management Director, Syniverse - John Myhre, Principal – Wireless Technology, GCI - Steve Zitnik, EVP & CTO, Interop Technologies - Mike Dano, Editorial Director, 5G & Mobile Strategies, Light Reading – moderator Mobile Carriers Show Educational Programming, April 13 On April 13 at 11:30 am David Brodian, senior policy advisor, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), will lead a session, Building an Information Sharing Program, to discuss 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 educational program is designed by CCA carriers and vendors across the industry and will 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, best practices for serving the B2B marketplace, and more. 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 http://www.ccamobile.org/ @CCAMobile #MCS2022

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