The many flavors of 4G - CTIA 2011 Preview

CTIA Wireless 2011 likely will be a forum for wireless operators to demonstrate their 4G networks--no matter what flavor, whether LTE, mobile WiMAX or HSPA+--with a variety of devices and applications, including some machine-to-machine apps. Mark Lowenstein, managing director of Mobile Ecosystem and a contributor to FierceWireless, said he expects M2M to finally get "real," meaning deals and implementations. Several companies will be demonstrating their connected car solutions on the show floor, as well.

On the 4G front, Keith Mallinson, analyst with WiseHarbor Research and a contributor to FierceWireless:Europe, said he will listen carefully for TD-LTE messaging related to the Americas. He also thinks there may be some developments related to LTE intellectual property rights. Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) is meeting with industry analysts to discuss their favored methodology for calculating how IPR should be valued among the various patent holders for such standards as LTE.

FierceWireless will be looking at all the issues surrounding 4G in our "Path to 4G" collocated conference March 22. Our keynote speakers include Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) CTO David Small, T-Mobile USA CTO Neville Ray and Kris Rinne, senior vice president of architecture and planning at AT&T (NYSE:T). Plus we have panels on backhaul, differentiating 4G, optimizing video and monetizing 4G. Make sure you check out the agenda.

Fourth-generation technology also likely will be a focus of a CTIA panel session Tuesday, March 22 at 1:30 p.m. when former Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl moderates a discussion with the top technology chiefs from the four Tier 1 operators. Look for John Donovan, CTO of AT&T; Tony Melone, CTO of Verizon Communications; Neville Ray, CTO of T-Mobile USA; and Bob Azzi, senior vice president of networks at Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), to talk about the speed and reliability of their networks as well as network evolution. Will former Verizon executive Strigl be able to objectively moderate this panel? Does that matter?

The many flavors of 4G - CTIA 2011 Preview
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