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CCA’s Annual Convention Announces Keynote Line-Up

Washington, D.C., September 23, 2020 –  Competitive Carriers Association’s (CCA) Annual Convention keynote line-up will feature Senator Roger Wicker; FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr; Ericsson’s Paul Challoner; Interop Technologies’ John Dwyer and Josh Wigginton; Nokia’s John Harrington; T-Mobile’s Neville Ray; and TNS’s Mike Keegan, who will address policy issues, technology innovations, and business strategies in today’s wireless world. CCA’s Annual Convention will take place virtually on Wednesday, October 21.

The keynote program will kick-off at 10:00 am ET with a welcome by CCA President and CEO Steven K. Berry followed by remarks from Senator Roger Wicker and FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr. T-Mobile’s Neville Ray will follow and discuss T-Mobile’s leadership, momentum, and progress accelerating 5G for all. Ericsson North America’s VP of Network Product Solutions, Paul Challoner, will round out the morning program at 11:00 am with a discussion on virtual RAN and beyond.

At 12:00 pm ET FierceWireless will host a keynote panel discussion, Can OpenRAN Hit Its Stride?, sponsored by Mavenir. Moderated by journalist Rob Pegoraro, panelists will include: John Baker, SVP business development, Mavenir; Jeff Blum, EVP, external and legislative affairs, DISH, and Diane Rinaldo, executive director, Open RAN Policy Coalition. They will examine how software is being used to tie together components from different suppliers, how OpenRAN promises an end to vendor lock-in and elevated pricing, and how it can be a positive solution for security-minded policymakers.

The keynotes continue at 2:15 pm ET with a discussion between Interop Technologies’ President and CEO John Dwyer and VP of Product Management, Josh Wigginton, who will discuss the lifecycle of operator messaging and outline a path for operators to secure their role in 5G messaging.

At 2:30 pm ET Mike Keegan, CEO, TNS will sit down for a fireside chat with Steven K. Berry to discuss robocall prevention measures such as the TRACED Act and the STIR/SHAKEN Call Authentication framework. John Harrington, SVP, US majors accounts of Nokia, will close out the keynote program at 2:45 ET with remarks entitled, “Networks are What Keep Us Going.”

“We are delighted to bring such a distinguished group of technology and policy experts to CCA’s virtual keynote stage,” said Steven K. Berry, president and CEO of CCA. “As we have all seen over the past several months, wireless services are more important than ever before, and I look forward to their insights about 5G deployment, spectrum, rural broadband development, and the policy issues impacting the competitive carrier ecosystem. Key wireless carrier executives attend CCA to discuss new trends in the industry, and this year’s show is set to be another fantastic carrier-focused event.”

CCA’s Annual Convention will be held online, and registration is free of charge. The Convention also will feature educational programming including four tracks: technical, business development, marketing/customer service, and policy. Attendees can network with one another and can view and set up meetings with the many exhibitors participating in the show.   

Press registration is open, please email Cheryl Delgreco, or register online.

About CCA

CCA is the leading association for competitive wireless providers and stakeholders across the United States. Members range from small, rural carriers serving fewer than 5,000 customers to regional and nationwide providers serving millions of customers, as well as vendors and suppliers that provide products and services throughout the wireless communications ecosystem. CCA’s 2021 Mobile Carriers Show will take place March 29-31 in Louisville, Kentucky and CCA’s 2021 Annual Convention will take place September 20-22 in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit Connect: Twitter: @CCAMobile #CCA2020

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