CTIA and Policy and Spectrumchris on 23 Mar 2010 01:24 pm

As always, it is great being in Las Vegas for another CTIA show.  This industry is happening and I’m really excited to learn more about some of the new gadgets and products on the horizon.  With that in mind, I thought I’d hear more about the evolving nature of this industry and it is this evolution that makes it quite exciting.  However, the major message coming out of CTIA, in my opinion, is much more policy focused than usual — “We need more spectrum.”

Ralph de la Vega (CEO, AT&T Mobility) kicked off the start of the show with a snapshot of where the industry is and what will be needed (more spectrum).  Mr. de la Vega highlighted the fact that the United States leads the world in 3G subscribers.  It is estimated that the U.S. has 117 Million 3G subscribers with Japan (101M) and South Korea trailing (40M).  With subscribers in mind, Mr. de la Vega discussed how much the industry is spending and plans to spend on wireless infrastructure.  Specifically, he projected that the industry will spend $22-$23 Billion in 2010.

After providing this snapshot of the industry , he addressed the critical question of whether or not the industry can handle the growing appetite for mobile broadband.  Accordingly, he offered up a blue print for taking on this issue.

(1)  “increasing available spectrum” – This point has been hammered everywhere.  On that note, the FCC recently called for 500 MHz to be available for wireless broadband over the decade and that 300 MHz be available within the next 5 years.

(2) “accelerating network efficiency” – In this instance, Mr. de la Vega discussed LTE and the network efficiencies that can be derived from that technology – it is about 2.5X more efficient that HSPA.

(3) “capitalizing on Wi-Fi and Femto” – I don’t have too much to add on this point.  Offloading traffic is an important part of the solution.  I’ve always been a big fan of Wi-Fi.

(4)  “ensuring application efficiency” – This is a point that is starting to be repeated more often and it is a good thing.  Developers need to be cognizant of the amount of bandwidth a particular application is going to have on the network.

Spectrum is the lifeblood of this industry and we need more capacity to keep the momentum going in this space.  The FCC’s efforts in the National Broadband Plan is a great start.  However, there needs to be more talk about spectral efficiency as we get ready for the long battle ahead to free up more capacity.

CTIAchris on 03 Mar 2010 02:13 pm

It has been about three months since I cooked up some food in the diner and there are a number of reasons for the stale food.  I’ll spare you all the details.  However, with CTIA’s 2010 show on the horizon, I’m going to get back in the saddle and cover some of the action in Las Vegas.

On a related note, I often connect with many of you in some other social spaces online (Twitter, Facebook, Amplify).  Please feel free to follow or connect with me there.  As I have mentioned previously, time becomes an issue when running a small company and being involved with a growing internet start-up company.  I still like to discuss the issues but I’m doing it in other places that allow me to quickly engage on a more regular basis than the diner.

Thus, I’ll be here when conferences are coming up or to give deeper insights on an issue (if time allows for it).  Otherwise, please catch me on Twitter, Facebook, or Amplify.

CTIA and mHealthBrin on 29 Jun 2009 09:21 am

Last year’s historic election brought great optimism about what Congress, working with a new administration, can accomplish to repair our broken health care system.

Today, this system – which so many Americans rely on to protect their health and prevent disease – is costly and dysfunctional, providing myriad reasons for concern and rally points for change.

To name a few:
•    Half of all U.S. bankruptcies are the result of medical expenses.
•    Approximately 1.5 million families lost their homes last year due to medical bills.
•    Health care now accounts for $1 in every $6 spent in the United States.
•    As President Obama has pointed out, “The biggest threat to our nation’s balance sheet is the skyrocketing price of health care.”

Despite such bleak statistics, there is good news.

America’s health care crisis is driving innovation and creative thinking. It’s also fostering exciting collaboration between the medical and wireless industries.

Those concerned about rising health care costs and reduced access to quality, affordable care aren’t simply relying on policymakers to tackle these problems. They’re proactively seeking solutions.

This was clear last Wednesday, as dozens of leaders in the medical and wireless technology industries attended CTIA’s “mHealth Solutions and Policy Forum” on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest innovations mobile health.

Dr. Eric Topol, Chief Medical Officer of the West Wireless Foundation, delivered an enthusiastic presentation, highlighting the convergence that’s taking place between medicine and wireless technology. This collaboration has the potential to revolutionize health care delivery, improve millions of lives, and save millions more in tax-payers dollars.

Dr. Topol pointed out that, while many advances have been made over the last few years, the field of wireless health is in its infancy. This burgeoning field includes telemedicine, telehealth, e-health, mHealth, and mobile health. Its players range from small start-up ventures, to Fortune 500 companies, to global health organizations, to leading universities and major foundations, as well as the federal government.

Wireless health includes a broad range of solutions that enable physicians and caregivers to prevent, diagnose, and monitor health conditions in a cost-efficient way.  It can also improve treatment management and communication and help pinpoint when intervention is necessary.

How will the future of wireless health look? Imagine patients wearing small sensors that transmit health and activity information to physicians, caregivers, and fitness coaches. Imagine patients taking ingestible pills with tiny sensors that let doctors determine if they are receiving the proper dosage of medication and monitor their caloric intake. Imagine patients wearing “smart Band-Aids” that allow doctors to remotely monitor vital signs such as heart and respiratory rate, blood pressure and temperature, as well as weight, glucose level, and oxygen saturation.

These are just a few of the innovations that already exist and will continue to improve. Without question, wireless health experiments will lead to more treatments we’ve never before seen or imagined — and we must support and accelerate this work.  Such breakthroughs have the potential to change the world for patients and physicians and, let’s hope, help to make our nation’s ailing health care system well.

CTIA and Facebook and General and social media and Social NetworkingEmily on 12 Sep 2008 12:27 pm

This morning I attended 2 great keynote speeches here in San Francisco at CTIA. The first one was Jim Balsillie (Co-CEO, Research in Motion), followed by Shantanu Narayen (President and CEO, Adobe).

With regard to RIM’s presentation, BlackBerry is putting its money on real-time use of social technologies. As we know, in the diner, these technologies flourish through wireless. Mr. Balsillie demonstrated this by showing the utility of the new BlackBerry devices and how they can fuse all of your entertainment, music and social networks.

BlackBerry already integrates Flickr and Facebook. In addition to those social spaces, Mr. Balsillie also announced a recent deal with MySpace. This offers a tremendous opportunity for the MySpace community (currently 122 million users) and I expect the results to replicate Facebook’s mobile app success (already 2.5 million downloads in 1 year). On a related note, Mr. Balsillie sited the projected growth of mobile social networking as a staggering 1000%, leaping from 80 to 800 million users.

It will be interesting to see how users implement the constant access to social networks via wireless and how the social networks themselves adapt to their usage.

Disclosure – Blackberry is a client…

CTIA and General and Policy and social media and strategy and VON 2007Ashley on 29 Apr 2008 03:54 pm

Sadly, this is going to be my last post here at the Diner. I will be leaving my firm at the end of the week to go to the Hill, where I will be a legislative assistant for a Philadelphia member, and while I’ll always be a co-founder of the Diner, I’ll no longer be a contributor here.

So, I wanted to take this opportunity to write about some things that have been on my mind and leave you with some parting thoughts. I apologize in advance, but this is going to be an all-you-can-eat buffet, so loosen your belts…

First off- thanks!

I really want to take a minute and thank Chris for inviting me to help him in this venture. About two years ago, when Chris asked me if I wanted to help him out in starting a blog about wireless, I said, “But Chris, you’re the wireless guru, who’s gonna care what I have to say?” Well, Chris picked up his cell phone, held it up, and said, “Do you have one of these? That’s what I thought. You know plenty about wireless.” He believed in me, and I hope that I’ve helped him build the blog and develop a community that’s passionate about wireless like he wanted to! That brings me to my second point…

People in new media are AWESOME!

I suppose that if you are compelled to blog, you have an inherent interest in sharing your knowledge and in learning what other folks have to say. Well, I learned that to be the case pretty quickly working in the Diner. When Chris and I were first starting out, we were inundated with tips and suggestions from fellow bloggers. From Steve Garfield, who showed us how to use our new video camera, to Chris Brogan, who was willing to be our first interviewee, to Jeff Pulver who invited me to blog at VON 07 in San Jose, to Jonny Goldstein and the DC Media Makers for introducing us to folks and letting us get in on some live broadcasting, and to the people at CTIA who asked me to lend a hand when they were first getting into the blogosphere, everyone who does this wants to help others do it too, and I’d just like to say thank you. It’s the inclusiveness of these on-line communities that makes them so profound! Continue Reading »

08CTIA and CTIA and Generalchris on 02 Apr 2008 06:42 pm


Good morning everyone… As many diners know, I’m out here in Las Vegas following the 2008 CTIA show. It is awesome.

On that note, I’ve been covering the show over the years and it is truly an effort to walk the massive show floor. A few years ago you could walk the whole floor and know exactly where each company has a booth. Not the case today. You need a map to find your way around and you may need to drop breadcrumbs.

Lots to talk about and I want to roam around. Accordingly, here are a few thoughts from the kitchen – Continue Reading »

CTIA and General and social media and Social Networkingchris on 28 Mar 2008 11:31 am

Once again, Twitter provides some good ingredients for a dish.

This morning I had a fun exchange with Geoff Livingston who decided to take issue with CTIA’s blog. Geoff raised many issues with linking and stated that their efforts were “spamming the market with propoganda.”

Geoff is a talented PR professional and I really enjoyed his recent book on new media. However, I disagree with him about the speed and velocity that organizations “must” pursue to have success in this space.

As I mentioned frequently in the exchange, one size doesn’t fit all. Different organizations are finding out how new tools to communicate with their respective communities is both challenging and an opportunity. The fact that they are trying is a step in the right direction.

On a related note, different bloggers use and operate their blogs in different ways. Seth Godin doesn’t take comments but Mark Cubin does. I should also add that these folks and others sometimes link but often do not. That is their prerogative and it has not harmed the quality of those blogs. In fact, I like the diversity of tools that different folks and organizations use. If everyone did the same thing at the same speed it would be boring.

Here’s to engaging and having dialogs with your customers. One size doesn’t fit all. In fact, you’ll learn a lot from your community – I do everyday.

Notes –

Tin Can Communications will be working with CTIA starting in April.

CTIA and Generalchris on 05 Mar 2008 05:42 pm

The district of communications is buzzing about the primaries and we still got a long way to go until November (too long). However, there are some exciting things going on in wireless and I’m getting fired up for the CTIA show in Vegas.

On that note, I had the pleasure of speaking with David Marcus (CEO, Echovox) before the show. His passion for wireless and about our mobile future is second to none.

In any case, he wanted to give diners a taste of his new creation… Without further adieu, (in my Jack Black voice) I give you ZONG -

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CTIA and Generalchris on 25 Feb 2008 01:59 pm


I’m up in New York for business but had a few hours to run over to the Nokia store and I picked up an N95!

I cannot wait to join the revolution and I look forward to using the N95 to capture some action at CTIA’s show in a few weeks!

UPDATE (Tuesday night) – I’m absolutely loving this device.  I was recently approved to join all the fun with qik and live mobile broadcasting – here’s the clip

CTIA and General and Politicschris on 12 Feb 2008 10:12 am

The 700 MHz auction is slowing down and Congress is having more DTV hearings. I’ve got some other thoughts cooking… Enjoy!

Evolve or Die -

The WSJ had an opinion column discussing the dramatic shift occurring in traditional advertising. As we’ve discussed in the diner, this is the new politic too.

Building Community -

In one of my social networks yesterday, a few folks were discussing what they should do with some old cellphones. Specifically, they were interested in getting the phones to some shelters for women of abuse. Accordingly, I pointed the person to CTIA’s Wireless Foundation and a great program they lead – Call to Protect. Continue Reading »

Apple and CTIA and General and Googlechris on 11 Feb 2008 09:39 am

The Mobile World Congress kicks off today in Barcelona and is the place to be in wireless this week. Unfortunately, I’m stuck here in the diner but I know many from our community are at the show and I look forward to hearing their perspectives from Spain.

On that note, Google is showing off the Android platform at the event. I am very jealous and hope there will be some demos at CTIA’s show in Vegas.

As I have mentioned, Google has changed the wireless industry. Whether or not they are successful in the 700 MHz is irrelevant. Google, in many ways (along with Apple), has propelled the whole industry forward – and consumers’ dreams about wireless too.

The next revolution is wireless and I can’t think of a more exciting time to be involved with the industry…

CTIA and General and Policy and social media and Social Networkingchris on 19 Dec 2007 04:38 pm

Traditional lobbying, campaign money, and power in Washington will always exist. However, with rapid advances in technology and the continued growth of social networking tools – YOU really are just as powerful as the connected K street lobbyist.

I recognized the power of the consumer at an early age. One summer I worked as an intern for Frito Lay and we worked very hard to build community through the Frito Lay challenge and other efforts in Baltimore. We learned a great deal and I know Frito Lay took our field reports seriously.

With regard to DC and advocacy, I saw the power of the consumer at AT&T Wireless. In that instance, a lawmaker from California was pushing the CPUC to initiate a wireless only number take back. The reason she was supporting it was due to area code exhaust occurring in California (they had gone from 13 area codes in 1997 to 25 around 2002). If enacted it would have required consumers to give back their current area code (they would keep their seven digit number) and get a wireless specific area code.

AT&T Wireless had a significant number of subscribers in this district and our consumers would have been the most affected by the technology specific overlay (TSO). We filed comments at the FCC and did some traditional advocacy. We were getting nowhere. It was time to directly reach out to our customers.

Collaborating with CTIA, we designed bill stuffers and our customers responded. They flooded the FCC and the California lawmaker with calls opposing this effort. The result – the lawmaker hauled us in and told us she would not continue to press the CPUC to implement the TSO.

The tools for engaging and having conversations with folks are much better now. With permission, we can learn more from our customers and work together to affect change.

If you don’t believe me — ask George Allen.

Related Note & Promotion – Seth Godin discussed the new politics the other day. It is the reason why I founded Tin Can Communications ™.

CTIA and Facebook and General and social media and Social Networkingchris on 24 Oct 2007 11:07 am

About this recipe – this dish is especially cooked for DC Diners.. 

Great story in the National Journal (subscription – 10/06 edition) about all of the blogging activity occuring in the District of Communications.  The article covered legislation by Senator Durbin (Illinois) which was tailored with the help of the online community and it included some thoughts from some heavy hitters on K street about blogging.

We’ve talked about the great opportunity that blogging and other social networking tools can do for your business at the diner.  Sean Garrett over at the 463 has covered the DC policy blog beat as well.  On a related note, CTIA just launched their new blog at their IT & Entertainment show and Steve Largent seems to be a natural at blogging

In any case, there was some discussion by a few folks in the article about whether or not this form of new media is relevant and if it is worthwhile….  My $0.2 – this is not a fad.      

Start blogging!

Lawmakers, Lobbyists, Non-profits, (you name it) the time is now to join the conversation.  Lawmakers can actively engage with their constituents and it is a real time way to let folks know what they are actually doing on Capitol Hill (although some lawmakers may prefer not to let their constituents know what they are doing!). 

With regard to lobbyists, this could be interesting.  I would encourage those who are passionate about certain topics and issues to mind-share and put your thoughts out there.  You’ll learn a great deal and meet some very talented people along the way.  On that note, I have met so many awesome folks in new media and technology.

There’s more than just blogging!

Do a podcast or videoblog.  Start twittering or join facebook.  There is so much going on in social networking and it is all very valuable.  For instance, I have joined several wireless and new media focused groups on facebook. 

If you are afraid – join LinkedIn!

LinkedIn is a nice online resume and a chance to dip your feet in the water of social networking.  It allows you to look at who your contacts know and touch base with them (on designated interest areas).  LinkedIn now allows folks to add a picture and it also has a question/answer function.  I don’t think there is a great deal of utility on LinkedIn.  However,  it is a good way to start for folks.

Promotion – If you like this blog, please consider subscribing (via email – bottom right of menu) — its free! 

Dish Disclosure – CTIA – the Wireless Association is a client.

CTIA and CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 07 and General and Policychris on 22 Oct 2007 02:57 pm

CTIA’s IT & Entertainment show starts tomorrow in San Francisco.  However, the “Godfather” of tech industry reporting, Walter Mossberg, decided to rain on the parade before it even starts!

Mossberg’s WSJ column and thoughts are nothing new if you have been following Skype’s Carterfone petition at the FCC (a mobilediner leftover here). 

In this instance, Mossberg has tailored his comments for the everyday wireless user and if you don’t follow wireless policy everyday – you might be inclined to believe everything in it. 

For instance, Mossberg states that the “federal government has allowed itself to be bullied and fooled by a handful of big wireless phone operators for decades now.  And the result has been a mobile phone system that is opposite of the PC model.”  This is not accurate. 

It has taken years to build these digital networks (in fact, the FCC is finally allowing wireless carriers to turn off their antiquated analog networks next year) and time to acquire the necessary spectrum (industry worked to free spectrum from DoD and is working to get broadcasters off of 700 MHz) to provide capacity (industry worked hard to get rid of the spectrum cap) to offer next generation services.  The future is bright and we will start to see more devices like the iPhone, N95 (and maybe a g phone) come to market.  However, a network and capacity must be in place to provide a “wired” broadband experience.

The wireless industry and a business model the carriers have relied on will eventually change.  As consumer interest evolves beyond service provider to applications and devices (at the edge of the network) carriers must adapt.  The next few months and years will be exciting.  Industry is not perfect but I believe the carriers will respond and tackle these challenges.  A storm of regulation is on the horizon if they do not… 

ibelieve do YOU?

Update – Steve Largent has blogged about the Mossberg column on the CTIA blog.

Dish disclosure – CTIA – the Wireless Association is a client…

CTIA and CTIA Wireless IT & Entertainment 07Ashley on 22 Oct 2007 11:47 am

I’m here at the pre-show conference at CTIA Wireless I.T. & Entertainment 2007 (r) getting ready for a busy day. Yesterday, I had the chance to walk around San Francisco a bit on an absolutely beautiful sunny day, and wanted to share a few photos. Even though the conference doesn’t officially start until tomorrow, there is a ton going on today so be sure to check out the show blog periodically.





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