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Is it time to wave goodbye to CTIA?

May 16, 2012

By Jo Ben Rais, Marketing Consultant
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New Orleans, last week: It’s been a few years since my last visit to CTIA. Back then, the show was in its familiar Las Vegas, full of the buzz of next generation networks and the possibilities they held.

Fast forward to 2012, and the show seems to be in something of a rut. Aside from peak times, the show floor was quiet, and more heavily populated by pushers of handset paraphernalia than by the carriers, vendors and the big names of Silicon Valley who are the real harbingers of major industry developments to come. Many of those big names chose to opt out of exhibiting altogether or to participate with an offsite location or meeting room only.

The atmosphere on the show floor was also flat – in New Orleans, the home of jazz, not one of the larger stands I saw chose to have a live band or even music playing. Instead, rather obscure sand artists and bubble blowers (really) were as good as it got for on-stand entertainment – a far cry from the full-on theatrical production of MWC or CES. Headline grabbing announcements (other than the usual gripes from the carriers against the FCC for spectrum liberalisation) were also thin on the ground.

Speaking to others, the consensus appears to be Read the rest of this entry ?

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CTIA International call for speakers opens – “Hey ah Hey Yeah! Well Down the Mississippi down to New Orleans … to speak at CTIA”

December 21, 2011

By Rose Ross (@Rose_at_O)

The call for speakers for International CTIA WIRELESS 2012 in New Orleans (8-10 May 2012) is now open and closes January 15th so you’ll need to contemplate your topic soon as you brace yourself for the mistletoe and the welcome distraction of the festivities. 

The estimated speaker selection schedule for International CTIA WIRELESS 2012 is as follows:

Call For Speakers Announcement (Open CFS) December 15, 2011
Deadline to Apply to Speak (Close CFS) January 15, 2012
Speaker Application Review CTIA internal review for 4-6 weeks
Speaker Selection Process Finalized & All Applicants Notified of Their Status mid-March  2012
International CTIA WIRELESS in New Orleans, Louisiana May 8-10, 2012

List of Topics with descriptors (4 pages in .doc)

Frequently Asked Questions – Speaker Application Process

Preview of Application – Topics (For Review Purposes Only)

Preview of Application – Speaker Information (For Review Purposes Only)

Abstracts are limited to be 3000 character count (not word count). 

You can direct any questions about speaking / topics: speakers@ctia.org

Good luck!