Policy and Tech Innovations Take Center Stage at CCA 2018 Annual Convention


Keynote Program Includes FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr and Assistant Secretary David J. Redl, U.S. Department of Commerce

Competitive Carriers Association’s (CCA) 2018 Annual Convention is heading to Orlando and will host policy makers and technology leaders who will shape decisions impacting competitive carriers, infrastructure providers, and consumers. CCA’s Annual Convention will take place at the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate, October 1-3, 2018.

As the FCC gears up to kickstart its auction of millimeter-wave spectrum, the FierceWireless Executive Breakfast will open the Convention October 2 with Getting Ready for the 5G Wave – Millimeter and Beyond. Sponsored by T-Mobile, panelists include: Paul Challoner, VP, Network Product Solutions, Ericsson North America; John Godfrey, senior vice president, Public Policy, Samsung Electronics America; Dr. John Naylon, CTO, co-founder, CBNL; Steve Sharkey, vice president, Government Affairs, Technology and Engineering Policy, T-Mobile; and Craig Sparks, Chief Innovation Officer, C Spire. Mike Dano, editor-in-chief, FierceWireless will moderate.

The Convention’s keynote program will commence at noon on October 2 with remarks by FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr who will focus on closing the digital divide with unleashing more spectrum for mobile use and desperately needed infrastructure reform. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information David J. Redl, will follow and address the Administration’s focus on broadband through a range of issues including access to spectrum, broadband mapping, and rural deployment.

Executives from Ericsson, Huawei Technologies USA, Interop Technologies, Nokia, and T-Mobile will join a keynote panel at 12:30 pm, The Evolution & Revolution of a New Mobile Era; IMS and VoLTE, and exam how to best determine future network investments and capitalize new offerings.

On October 3 a keynote from Sharon Lessard, firmwide retail practice area leader, senior associate at Gensler will open the keynote program and be followed by a CEO Roundtable, What’s Next for Regional and Small Carriers? Executives explore what’s next for regional and small carriers and the expected impact of next generation of wireless innovation including 5G, IoT, and narrowband. Panelists include: Stephen Bye, president, C Spire; Michael Prior, president & CEO, ATN International; Patrick Riordan, chief strategy officer, Nsight; and Ron Smith, president, Bluegrass Cellular.

“We are delighted to welcome Commissioner Carr and Assistant Secretary Redl to the CCA keynote stage where they will address issues and policies impacting the competitive carrier ecosystem,” said Steven K. Berry, President and CEO of CCA. “Competitive carriers are eager to hear about Mobility Fund II, spectrum, infrastructure, and rural broadband deployment. “CCA’s Convention will host thought leaders and policy makers in the conference program and on the exhibit floor who are helping to shape the roadmaps for 2019 and beyond with the latest technology innovations and best practices that will help carriers develop next generation wireless products and services.”

Start-up Pavilion

The Start-up Pavilion returns to the exhibit hall featuring the next generation of entrepreneurs. The first eight companies to register will present at Innovative Start-up Solutions on October 3 and the audience will vote for its favorite. The winner will be announced on the exhibit hall floor later that day.

Conference Program & Partner Sessions

The Convention conference program is divided into four tracks focusing on marketing and customer service, policy, business operations, and technology and trends.

Speakers will explore narrow band technology, security, IoT data, and how networks are accommodating the latest applications.

Sponsored seminars will take place on October 2 and include sessions produced by:  Corporate Dynamics, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Ericsson, Gensler, Interop Technologies, Netnumber, Palo Alto Networks, Syniverse, and SiteTracker, Inc.

About CCA

With nearly 100 competitive carriers represented, and a host of networking and learning opportunities, CCA events are the premier destination for conducting business and driving innovation in the North American mobile market. The licensed service area of CCA’s nearly 100 carrier members covers 95 percent of the nation. Visit http://www.ccamobile.org/ Connect: #CCA2018 or @CCAMobile



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Mr. Fellah, is a Senior Analyst and founder of Maravedis with 20-year experience in the wireless industry. He authored various landmark reports on Wi-Fi, LTE, 4G and technology trends in various industries including retail, restaurant and hospitality. He is regularly asked to speak at leading wireless and marketing events and to contribute to various influential portals and magazines such as RCR Wireless, 4G 360, Rethink Wireless, The Mobile Network, Telecom Reseller to name a few. He is a Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) and Certified Wireless Technology Specialist (CWTS).


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