CTIA's Super Mobility conference is being held from Sept. 9-11 in Las Vegas, as wireless carriers, handset makers, network gear providers, mobile application developers and others converge on the Sands Expo & Convention Center for CTIA's annual convention. This will be the second year that CTIA has gone with a "Super Mobility" theme, bringing together not just the usual exhibitors but a wide range of partners and co-located wireless events under one umbrella. Those include the Northwestern University Mobile Intelligence Conference, largely focused on the future of mobile networks, the Open Innovation Summit aimed at CIOs, as well as partner events like the Tower and Small Cell Summit, Rural Wireless Summit and Media Technology Summit.
FierceWireless will also be holding two breakfast panels at Super Mobility, "Inside the Building of a Smart City" on Sept. 9 and "Behind the 5G Crusade: How to Define and Deliver the Next Generation of Wireless" on Sept. 10.
FierceWireless editors Sue Marek, Phil Goldstein and Monica Alleven will be on the ground at Super Mobility delivering you all of the latest news from the show. Check back here throughout the week for updates.
LAS VEGAS--Nokia is working with Google in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band and may be considering deploying LTE-U in that band. According to Ricky Corker, president of North America and EVP of Nokia Networks, the company is seeing interest in deploying LTE-U in the 3.5 GHz band from non-traditional players like Google. However, Google denies it is working with Nokia specifically on LTE-U.
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.
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.
As CTIA's Super Mobility conference is winding down, it's worth taking a look at the lighter side of the second-annual confab the trade group put on, which brought together several different conferences and co-located events.
LAS VEGAS-- Perhaps it was only fitting that one of the key executives responsible for AT&T getting the exclusive on the iPhone eight years ago took the stage to talk about the next big thing for the wireless industry. Glenn Lurie, who appeared at CTIA's show a year ago as AT&T's newly named president of AT&T Mobility, described a world where every "thing" will be connected, including wheelchairs-- which AT&T is already doing-- and cars that will be able to adapt to whomever is driving at any given time.
LAS VEGAS-- Smartphone startup Nexbit, which is making a cloud-focused Android phone that frees up storage space, has raised nearly $1 million in its Kickstarter campaign in 10 days, blowing past its own expectations and its 30-day goal of raising $500,000. Nextbit CEO Tom Moss is extremely pleased with the response, but has bigger ambitions: moving from selling thousands of units to hundreds of thousands of phones next year.
LAS VEGAS-- Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the carrier's recent improvement of its network in Denver-- and network testing firm RootMetrics' determination that it provided the fastest network there and virtually tied Verizon Wireless for overall network performance – is a sign of things to come as the carrier revamps its network.
LAS VEGAS-- Verizon Wireless will deploy 400 small cells in San Francisco in order to densify the company's network in anticipation of the 2016 Super Bowl that will take place in that city.
LAS VEGAS-- Verizon Wireless sent out private invitations to 5 million customers for its Go90 over-the-top mobile video service ahead of a nationwide launch later this month, according to a senior Verizon executive.
LAS VEGAS-- Just as was the case with 4G, expect wireless carriers to market their networks as "5G" even before the industry has standardized such next-generation networks, according to a senior AT&T executive.