It’s a rare day when you can get top executives from the major wireless carriers in the same room and get them to agree with each other, but the opening keynotes at the CTIA Wireless conference was about the best chance for that to happen. From wireless buildout to the FCC, the heads of the big wireless companies had plenty to say, even if it was scripted. EnterpriseMobileToday has the story.
LAS VEGAS — Some of the most important people in the wireless industry used the opening keynote address at the CTIA Wireless show as a bully pulpit to advocate the need for more spectrum and a “light touch” by government to ensure the U.S. remains ahead of the rest of the world in one of the most critical industries of this decade.
On the Federal Communications Commission’s ambitious and expensive national broadband plan, executives from AT&T and Samsung were quick to weigh in with their expectations not only for wireless service and device makers but also for mobile app developers and consumers, saying they’ll play an integral role in milking every last bit out of the increasingly crowded wireless spectrum.
“We are at a critical point in our industry,” Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T’s mobility and consumer markets, said. “Our past success is no indicator of the future and spectrum is the lifeblood of our industry.”
“Consumers have gotten a taste and now it’s clear their appetite seems unlimited,” he added.