LAS VEGAS--CTIA announced it will partner with IFA, the giant consumer electronics show in Berlin held every September, as its official show partner going forward for global consumer electronics.
CTIA's new "super" wireless industry event that will debut Sept. 9-11, 2014, will be going head-to-head with the Competitive Carrier Association's annual event, which is scheduled on the same dates also in Las Vegas. The CTIA show will occur at the Sands Convention Center and the CCA event will be held at the Cosmopolitan Hotel.
CTIA will merge its two annual trade shows into one "super" wireless industry event that will be held in the second half of the year. The change will occur in 2014 with the first CTIA super show, CTIA 2014, occurring Sept. 9-11 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas.
In comments to the FCC, AT&T and Verizon Wireless argued against rules that would reduce how much spectrum carriers can hold in certain markets. Meanwhile, smaller carriers pushed for proposals that would limit the spectrum holdings of the nation's two largest carriers.
The FCC has ruled that a single opt-out text confirmation sent after a consumer drops out of a company's mobile marketing program does not violate the terms of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.
The CTIA is once again taking up a perennial lobbying issue by pushing for a five-year moratorium on new state and local wireless taxes, citing a study that says the tax burden on wireless customers has gone up during the past few years.
AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA officially joined a database intended to fight back against smartphone theft by making stolen phones unusable on their networks.
The CTIA defended its recent report on U.S. mobile data traffic growth and its stance that there is a looming spectrum crunch amid criticism that the trade group is providing a misleading picture of data demand to further its interests.
SAN DIEGO--The CTIA MobileCon show wrapped up yesterday. CTIA confirmed 5,000 people attended the event, which is roughly a third of the number who attended last year's fall CTIA show. As usual, the CTIA show floor was specifically geared to entice and entertain show-goers, and those exhibiting in some cases spent plenty of money in that pursuit. Thus, here's a look at some of the sights--big and small--from the show floor of this year's fall CTIA show. Slideshow
Wireless data traffic in the United States spiked 104 percent over the past year, according to the results of a semi-annual survey conducted by the CTIA. While the total amount of traffic recorded in the period exceeded 1.1 trillion MB from July 2011-June 2012, the rate of year-over-year growth was actually slightly less than what CTIA reported last year.