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CCA looking to draw Caribbean operators to annual show

The Competitive Carriers' Association is banking on a new location for its annual confab coupled with a strong lineup of keynote speakers and panelists to help it regain some momentum that was lost in 2014 when it co-located its conference with CTIA's Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas.

How much spectrum do Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint really have for LTE?

It's a cliché in the industry but it's true: Spectrum is the lifeblood of wireless. With it, carriers can provide mast data service, robust voice coverage and have enough capacity to accommodate increasing data traffic. If a carrier has a lack of spectrum, even if it's just in a particular market, customers will know it and experience it, even if they don't know why. Data speeds will be slower, voice calls might drop and the overall network experience will not be up to par.

Verizon's Go90 video service will rise or fall on its content lineup -- and almost nothing else matters

The Go90 initiative will rise or fall on the strength of the video content it delivers, and almost nothing else matters. Verizon will surely spend a lot to market the service, but it will be useless to advertisers if no one tunes in.

Super Mobility conference starts to find its footing - but CTIA can still make improvements

I left Las Vegas on Friday as CTIA's Super Mobility 2015 conference drew to a close with a sense of cautious optimism for the show. Although I still think it's a bit disjointed and could use some boosts of energy, in its second-annual incarnation the umbrella super conference was more focused and had much more buzz than it did during the first go-around in 2014.

5G vision grows clearer as 2020 deadline gets closer

LAS VEGAS -- The 5G buzz is escalating as U.S. operators like Verizon Wireless are announcing 5G trials and vendors like Nokia Networks are promising commercial 5G-ready hotspot equipment in 2017.

Apple's iPhone Upgrade Program should worry carriers for 1 big reason: it makes them less relevant

The biggest news from Apple's announcement of its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus phones yesterday was not the phones themselves, which largely conformed to the leaked specifications that had been circulating for weeks, but rather Apple's decision to launch its own equipment installment plan to let customers pay for the devices directly from Apple. The new program should worry carriers because it makes them much less relevant to consumers, enhances Apple's relationship with customers at their expense and could be a step toward Apple cutting out carriers entirely.

Labor Day holiday break

In observance of Labor Day, FierceWireless will not publish on Monday, Sept. 7. We will be back in your inbox on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Have a happy day off! --Mike...

CTIA to kick off Super Mobility with a focus on networks, CIOs and CMOs - but Apple's iPhone 6S looms overhead

CTIA's Super Mobility conference kicks off next week from Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas, the second annual incarnation of the trade organization's supershow that combines and co-locates multiple conferences under one umbrella. Last year the results were largely uneven, as competing events drew attention away from Super Mobility. Will this year be any different?

FCC's Clyburn to dish on the incentive auction, unlicensed spectrum in Twitter chat

I will be talking to FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in FierceWireless's first Twitter chat on Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 1 p.m. ET. Follow our Twitter handle @FierceWireless and Clyburn's, which is @MClyburnFCC. You can follow the action via the #ClyburnFCC hashtag.

Video, virtual reality and vehicle connectivity are paving the way to 5G

Thanks to the widespread deployment of LTE in the U.S., mobile broadband services are now ubiquitous. Today's consumers own multiple connected devices -- from tablets to smartphones -- and their usage of the wireless network is growing exponentially.