Waiting to Exhale: CTIA Wireless 2011

CTIA Wireless 2011 in Orlando was a hotbed of speculation about how the at&t – T-Mobile merger will affect the U.S. mobile industry. While the ripples will be felt to every corner of the value chain, there was a lot more to talk about at the show. It was fun to watch the “4G” competitors duke it out, and measure China’s growing presence in the U.S. with a Day 2 Keynote by China Telecom and significant Chinese presence on the show floor. The “Internet of Things” became more real as Ericsson’a CEO Hans Vestberg foretold 50 billion connected devices in 2020, and solutions for connected health, proximity marketing, automotive and greentech captured attendee imaginations.