International CTIA WIRELESS I.T. & Entertainment 2009® opened today with 200 exhibitors showcasing the latest innovations in wireless devices and applications. Highlights included discussions and debut of Android devices, new smartphones, a vibrant and active wireless health pavilion, discussions on smart energy initiatives and a dialogue between the industry and federal and state officials on the dynamic innovation and investment by the wireless sector. The show runs through Friday, October 9 at the San Diego Convention Center.
On the keynote stage this morning, Julius Genachowski, Chairman of the FCC; Ralph de la Vega, president and CEO of AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets; David Ko, senior vice president at Yahoo! Mobile; and J. Chris Baker, senior vice president of shared services and CIO of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co., discussed the continued strength of the wireless sector and upcoming developments in the mobile industry.
Chairman Genachowski laid out the agency’s vision for closing the spectrum gap by committing the FCC to making more available and supporting a shot clock for tower siting. Mr. de la Vega called for a constructive, fact-based dialogue with the FCC on the impact of new regulation on America’s growing and world-leading wireless industry.
“We would like to thank Chairman Genachowski for his support for committing to helping the industry on two of our key issues, spectrum and tower siting,” said CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO Steve Largent. “These two efforts, on behalf of the Commission, will help the United States to continue to lead the world in wireless. We share the Chairman’s commitment to ensuring every American has access to the best wireless products and services in the world. We look forward to continuing to work with him and the rest of the Commissioners on their fact-based inquiries about the wireless industry.”
David Ko of Yahoo! Mobile discussed the wired and wireless web, and the ways in which wireless access to internet-based services is driving adoption and interaction. Baker discussed San Diego Gas & Electric’s commitment to smart grid and the effect of wireless technologies on the energy company’s business.
“We’re seeing an enormous amount of interest in mobile business in San Diego this year,” said Robert Mesirow, CTIA vice president and show director. “This year’s show is already off to a strong start, with strong buzz about our keynoters’ remarks and a focus on how wireless is changing the game for health and wellness, energy, transportation and other market segments. Enthusiasm on the show floor, in the keynotes and in our educational sessions is as high as it has ever been.”
On October 8, the keynote sessions will explore the use of wireless technology in different industries, with commentary from John Donovan, CTO at AT&T. Qualcomm Co-founder Dr. Irwin Mark Jacobs and Chairman and CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs will also sit down with CTIA- The Wireless Association president and CEO Steve Largent to discuss past, present and future perspectives on the industry.
On October 9, the keynote stage will feature CTIA Fund Fest. CTIA, in partnership with MobiTechFest, invited budding entrepreneurs and start-ups to submit executive summaries and investor pitches for innovative mobile products and services that spanned several entry categories. A review committee comprised of partners from top venture capitalist firms evaluated the applications and selected five finalists who will present their business plans on the keynote stage.